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Scotland boss Gordon Strachan has revealed that Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes did not feature in his side for their final Euro 2016 qualifiers because he is carrying a knee ligament injury.
The 25-year-old was in prolific form for Rovers in September as he fired home five goals which was enough to earn him the Championship Player of the Month award.
But Rhodes was notable by his absence as Scotland’s hopes of qualifying for next summer’s European Championships in France were ended by a 2-2 draw against Poland at Hampden Park on Thursday night.
He then returned to Ewood Park before Sunday’s 6-0 win against Gibraltar in Faro, Portugal, with Strachan citing a knee injury which he picked up in Rovers’ 2-0 home win against Ipswich on October 3 as the reason for his absence.
Strachan said: “Jordan Rhodes has a medial ligament problem which he had when he arrived.
“He did his best to train but it would be too far to sit on a plane.
“He has gone home now but we appreciate he made a right good effort.”
Rovers boss Gary Bowyer will be hoping Rhodes can get fit in time for Rovers’ return to Championship action at MK Dons on Saturday.
Rovers have been installed as the 2.40 favourites to pick up the three points, with the hosts on offer at 2.88 while the draw is available at 3.25.