West Ham midfielder Robert Snodgrass was forced to withdraw from the Scotland squad with a calf injury, whufc.com has confirmed.
Just hours before Scotland’s clash with San Marino, Snodgrass dropped out of the squad. He had played against Russia at the end of last week – a game which ended in a 4-0 defeat – but he withdrew with a minor calf injury.
West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini now has a potential selection dilemma for the weekend. It is unclear whether Snodgrass will be able to shake off this calf injury before West Ham’s trip to Goodison Park to take on Everton.
Snodgrass has not been a regular for Pellegrini this season but he is still considered an important squad player. The Scottish winger sits on the bench and Pellegrini values his experience and set-piece quality. If he is out, Pellegrini needs a contingency plan.
Who could replace Robert Snodgrass?
West Ham are likely to stick with the same two starting wingers – Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko – against Everton. But an injury to Snodgrass could open the door to a youngster on the bench.
Nathan Holland is the most likely to step up. With goals and assists in abundance this season, the 21-year-old is knocking on the door. He played against Oxford United in the cup and could receive a promotion to the first-team bench against his former club.
Dan Kemp is another player in contention. With five goals to his name already this season, the diminutive left-footed winger is another young option for Pellegrini’s consideration.
Joe Powell and Anthony Scully have also been playing well for the academy so they could receive call-ups. Alternatively, Arthur Masuaku might be pushed forward as a winger option.