Scotland: Lee Wallace drops out of squad for World Cup campaign opener

Lee Wallace last played for Scotland in 2013
Wallace also dropped out of the squad for summer friendlies against Italy and France
World Cup qualifying: Malta v Scotland
Date: Sunday, 4 September Venue: Ta'Qali National Stadium Kick-off: 19:45 BST
Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW/DAB/online; live text commentary on BBC Sport website.

Full-back Lee Wallace has withdrawn from the Scotland squad to face Malta.

The 29-year-old Rangers captain was called up on Tuesday but will not travel for the World Cup qualifying campaign opener.

Manager Gordon Strachan will make no further additions.

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths and Kieran Tierney dropped out of the original squad with knocks, along with midfielders James McArthur and Kevin McDonald.

Hearts forward Tony Watt was drafted in at the same time as Wallace, who won the last of his eight caps in 2013.

Hull's Andy Robertson is now the only recognised left-back in the squad of 24 for Sunday's game at the Ta'Qali Stadium.

Striker Griffiths came off injured after scoring in Celtic's 4-1 defeat of Aberdeen on Saturday.

Revised Scotland squad
GoalkeepersCraig Gordon, Jack Hamilton, David Marshall
DefendersChristophe Berra, Gordon Greer, Grant Hanley, Alan Hutton, Russell Martin, Callum Paterson, Andrew Robertson
MidfieldersIkechi Anya, Barry Bannan, Oliver Burke, Darren Fletcher, James Forrest, John McGinn, Barrie McKay, James Morrison, Matt Ritchie, Robert Snodgrass
ForwardsSteven Fletcher, Chris Martin, Steven Naismith, Tony Watt

The 26-year-old netted 40 times last season and has seven goals so far this term but has yet to score in seven appearances for Scotland.

Steven Fletcher, yet to score for new club Sheffield Wednesday, was Scotland's main striker in their unsuccessful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, while Chris Martin and Steven Naismith also featured in attack for Gordon Strachan's side.

That trio and Watt make up the forward contingent of Strachan's revised squad.

Midfielder Robert Snodgrass is optimistic about being fit, despite a painful collision with a goalpost during Hull City's defeat by Manchester United at the weekend.

It will be Scotland's first game since midfielder and captain Scott Brown retired from international football.

West Brom's Darren Fletcher - a former national team skipper - could resume the armband duties.

Strachan's pool also includes winger Oliver Burke, who joined German side RB Leipzig from Nottingham Forest on Sunday in a £13m deal - making him the most expensive Scottish player.

Scotland's 2018 World Cup qualification fixtures
4 September: (a) v Malta26 March: (h) v Slovenia
8 October: (h) v Lithuania10 June: (h) v England
11 October: (a) v Slovakia1 September: (a) v Lithuania
11 November: (a) v England4 September: (h) v Malta
5 October: (h) v Slovakia
8 October: (a) v Slovenia

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