Ryan Fraser the latest Newcastle injury fear after Scotland dropout
Newcastle United’s Ryan Fraser has pulled out of the Scotland squad.
Steve Clarke’s side are set to face Austria in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, yet they will now be going into it without the Newcastle man.
Fraser played the full 90 minutes as Scotland were beaten by Denmark last Wednesday, but didn’t feature against Moldova at Hampden Park on Saturday.
The reason behind Fraser pulling out of the national team ahead of this third and final game hasn’t been disclosed.
However, on the same day that Callum Wilson’s injury has been confirmed as one that could see him out for ‘a number of weeks’ (Shields Gazette), this is not the news fans will have wanted to hear.
Squad update:— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) September 6, 2021
IN: Paul McGinn.
OUT: Ryan Fraser, Kenny McLean, Nathan Patterson. pic.twitter.com/1uoqV8h0rD
The 27-year-old winger has featured off the bench in all three of Newcastle’s Premier League games this season but is yet to start.
In the absence of Wilson, though, Fraser would move one place up the pecking order, so to have potentially lost him as well is certainly a blow.
Fraser is yet to really find his feet at St. James’ Park.
He signed for the club from Bournemouth having shown what he is capable of in an impressive 2018/19 season, in which he scored seven and assisted 14 goals (Transfermarkt).
However, since then his numbers have tailed off.
In the two seasons following 18/19 Fraser has only managed to score once and assist seven times.
A run in the Newcastle side in the Premier League could see his fortunes change, although if he looks set for a period on the sidelines then that is increasingly unlikely.
There is still time for things to change for Fraser in the Northeast.
At just 27, and with a contract that runs until 2025, time is on his side. Yet injuries and issues on international duty certainly won’t help his cause.