Kenny McLean in danger of missing Euros after knee injury

The Scotland midfielder has been injured in the final game of the season with Norwich.

Kenny McLean in danger of missing Euros after knee injury SNS Group

Scotland midfielder Kenny McLean could miss the European Championships after suffering a knee injury in the last game of the club season.

The Norwich star was substituted 52 minutes into his side’s 2-2 draw at Barnsley, limping off in obvious discomfort.

McLean then reappeared after the final whistle on crutches and wearing a protective brace on his right knee as he joined in the celebrations with Norwich lifting the Championship trophy.

Speaking at his post-match media conference, Norwich manager Daniel Farke said that the club feared that McLean had suffered damage to his medial collateral ligament.

“It seems like there’s a fear for his inner ligament of his knee and his MCL,” Farke explained. “We have to wait a little for further assessment.

“I hope it’s not too because of the Euros, which are quite important.

“We just have to wait for the assessment.”

Depending on the severity, an injury of that type could see a player sidelined for six weeks, which would place McLean’s Euro 2020 hopes in the balance.

McLean’s Scotland teammate Lyndon Dykes also suffered a knee injury on Saturday, limping out of QPR’s game against Luton, but manager Mark Warburton played down concerns.

Warburton said: “For Lyndon to go down – he never goes down and he’s as hard as a piece of teak.

“But I don’t think the doctor was too concerned and Lyndon was desperate to come back onto the pitch because he thought he was OK.

“The doctor said he wanted to be cautious, and we’ll always listen to the medical staff. So that was more precautionary, I hope.

“He looks OK – and the way he’s attacking the food in the dressing room, he looks fantastic.

“He knows he’s got a big summer ahead of him, and we need to look after our players.”

Scotland boss Steve Clarke will name his squad for the finals in mid-May. Clarke has more options since UEFA increased the squad size from 23 to 26 but competition for midfield places means he is unlikely to take any major risks with his selection.

McLean made his Scotland debut in 2016 and has since earned 20 international caps. The midfielder scored winning penalties in the shoot-outs against Israel and Serbia that earned Scotland their place at this summer’s finals.

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