2014 World Cup Qualifiers: Scots suffer double blow

Scotland striker Jordan Rhodes

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Scotland will be without the services of striker Jordan Rhodes and midfielder Charlie Adam for their World Cup qualifier with Macedonia on Tuesday night.

Blackburn Rovers star Rhodes, who was strongly linked with a move to the Premier League this summer, featured in the Scots’ 2-0 defeat to group toppers Belgium at Hampden Park on Friday night.

However the former Huddersfield Town striker will not be making the trip to Skopje having pulled out of the national squad.

Likewise, Stoke City playmaker Adam will not be heading to Macedonia as he will be returning to the Potters, having not featured in the defeat to the Belgians in Glasgow.

Manager Gordon Strachan still has a number of forwards and midfielders to pick from and the Scottish FA have confirmed no new faces have been brought into the squad as cover for the now absent duo.

Wolves star Leigh Griffiths started for the Scots on Friday night but he might well be replaced by either Ross McCormack or Jamie Mackie, who have both made strong starts to their Championship seasons with Leeds United and Nottingham Forest respectively.

Scotland cannot qualify for the World Cup in Brazil next year but they will be hoping to continue their steady progress under manager Strachan, when they face a Macedonia side who will be full of confidence as they managed to beat Wales 2-1 on Friday night.

Strachan’s men sit rock bottom of Group A but could climb above both Wales and Macedonia if they can pull off a win in Skopje on Tuesday.

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