Football: Ferguson out of Scotland reckoning

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Duncan Ferguson has withdrawn from Scotland's squad for the World Cup ties against Estonia at Kilmarnock tomorrow and against Austria at Celtic Park next Wednesday because of injury.

As a result John Spencer, who had been told he could play for QPR against Oxford United, will now be on stand-by to rejoin the Scotland party.

Scotland also lost the Rangers pair Ian Ferguson and Alan McLaren on Wednesday, while John Collins of Monaco is suspended for the Estonia match but can play against the Austrians.

Mark Hughes is struggling to be fit for Wales' World Cup qualifier against Belgium at Cardiff.

The Chelsea striker, who has been nursing a groin strain for several weeks, joined the Wales squad for a training session in Cwmbran yesterday but was unable to train flat out and remains doubtful.