Football: Scotland face injury worries

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Scotland's preparations for Wednesday's European Championship qualifier in the Faroe Islands were interrupted yesterday by a double injury scare. Chelsea's Craig Burley has a thigh strain and took no part in the training session and the Bolton striker John McGinlay had to pull out of the workout with a slight groin problem. Craig Brown, the Scotland manager, and only 16 of his players assembled at Largs to prepare for the Group Eight contest. The Rangers defender Alan McLaren, who was getting married, was excused along with the Celtic midfielder John Collins, who was given a week's break after his side's Scottish Cup final win eight days ago.

Bruce Grobbelaar has told the Zimbabwe FA that he will not be going to Kinshasa for an African Nations' Cup qualifyier against Zaire on advice from British medical authorities. The Southampton goalkeeper is among a number of players who have decided to boycott Sunday's match because of fears over the Ebola virus, which has killed 153 people in the region. Zimbabwe must win to qualify for next year's finals.

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