Scott McTominay sidelined due to injury is a major blow for Scotland’s Euro 2020 play-off

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay sidelined for ‘up to eight weeks’ after knee ligament injury picked up on Boxing Day. It only means that the 23-year-old Scotland star could miss Scotland’s Euro 2020 play-off semi-final. This recent injury could be a huge blow to Scotland especially in this crucial round of the competition.

The Scotland international were ruled out in the 4-1 win against Newcastle at Old Trafford and was replaced by Paul Pogba. He missed their match with Burnley two days later. After the Red Devils’ win against Burnley, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that he “wouldn’t expect him to be back within a few weeks.”

McTominay posted an update on his Instagram page in a positive post. “A set back is a chance to come back stronger than ever, doing my best to be back on the pitch as soon as possible,” the 23-year-old wrote. “Positive mind & keep the hard work going, thank you to everyone for the good wishes.”

Reports also indicate that Kieran Tierney and John McGinn could be doubtful for the Israel games too. McGinn and McTominay’s absence in the midfield will definitely make a huge impact for the team. McTominay made 17 starts in the Premier League under Solskjaer this season.

He’s been among the most improved players as he provided stability to a midfield unit during Paul Pogba’s absence due to ankle injury. “I don’t think we’ll see him, it’ll be more than that. But he’s always proved before if you give him three weeks he’s back in two,” Solskjaer said.

England-born McTominay, who qualifies for Scotland through his father, made his international debut in March 2018 and has 12 caps. Scotland still haven’t qualified for a major tournament since 1998. Their attempt to end a 22-year absence from major finals begins on March 27as they host Israel.

The play-off semi-finals take place on March 27, 2020 and the finals will be played on April 1. 2020. Teams who will play in this play-off as confirmed during a separate draw in November 22 were split into 4 paths. Here are the play-off fixtures to kick-off in March: *All times are in (GMT+8)

March 27, 2020: Play-off semi-finals

Path A: Iceland v Romania, Bulgaria v Hungary

Path B: Bosnia and Herzegovina v Northern Ireland, Slovakia v Republic of Ireland

Path C: Scotland v Israel, Norway v Serbia 

Path D: Georgia v Belarus, North Macedonia v Kosovo 

April 1, 2020: Play-off finals

Path A: Bulgaria/Hungary v Iceland/Romania

Path B: Bosnia and Herzegovina/Northern Ireland v Slovakia/Republic of Ireland

Path C: Norway/Serbia v Scotland/Israel

Path D: Georgia/Belarus v North Macedonia/Kosovo

March 27, 2020: Play-off semi-finals

Path A: Iceland v Romania, Bulgaria v Hungary

Path B: Bosnia and Herzegovina v Northern Ireland, Slovakia v Republic of Ireland

Path C: Scotland v Israel, Norway v Serbia 

Path D: Georgia v Belarus, North Macedonia v Kosovo 

April 1, 2020: Play-off finals

Path A: Bulgaria/Hungary v Iceland/Romania

Path B: Bosnia and Herzegovina/Northern Ireland v Slovakia/Republic of Ireland

Path C: Norway/Serbia v Scotland/Israel

Path D: Georgia/Belarus v North Macedonia/Kosovo