Scotland's qualification hopes for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa™ received a triple blow today with three players withdrawing ahead of Saturday's key clash with the Netherlands in Amsterdam.
Rangers pair Kirk Broadfoot and David Weir were the first to be ruled out with the club's official website adding that they would also miss the following qualifier against Iceland at Hampden next Wednesday.
Broadfoot is suffering foot and calf problems which caused him to miss Rangers 2-2 home draw against Hearts at the weekend. His Ibrox team-mate turned up at Scotland's Loch Lomond camp last night with a knee injury.
A Scottish Football Association spokesman has now confirmed that Kris Commons had been ruled out of Saturday's game. Commons has not played since Derby's 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest on 21 February after suffering a calf problem.
Celtic skipper Stephen McManus and his Rangers counterpart Barry Ferguson are also being assessed in the Scotland camp. McManus missed Celtic's 2-2 draw with Dundee United on Sunday with an ankle injury and is a major concern. Ferguson has a chest injury, but he played and scored against Hearts at the weekend.