Scotland will be without striker Lyndon Dykes for Euro 2024 after a freak injury suffered in training.

Dykes, set to start in the tournament opener against hosts Germany on June 14, suffered a knee injury during a session at Lesser Hampden on Friday and had to leave the field on a stretcher. QPR forward Dykes, who has scored nine goals in 36 games for Scotland, has been a focal point of Clarke's attack and played in all eight qualifiers, starting five.

He was assessed by the medical team before undergoing scans, the results of which the SFA have now confirmed will see him miss the tournament.

A brief statement from the SFA read: “Following an injury in training yesterday, Lyndon Dykes has been ruled out of the squad for UEFA EURO 2024. We’re gutted for you, Lyndon, but know you’ll be back in a Scotland shirt soon. Wishing you a speedy recovery.”

Scotland team-mate Ryan Christie, speaking before the SFA statement, said of the training incident: “All the boys were gutted for Lyndon, it was a kind of freak thing to happen.

"It’s the last thing you want, Lyndon has been off a while now because of the Championship. I’m quite close to him so I know how hard he worked in his weeks off to prepare for this tournament.

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“Listen, it’s one of those things and there’s not much me or any of the other boys can say to him at this moment in time. We’re just trying to get behind him and I’m sure he’ll still be supporting us. If Lyndon doesn’t make it will that make us even more determined? Absolutely, it would add another reason for us to go and do well, for him and for the rest of the country.

"We have had a few injuries leading into this so it has been frustrating. But there’s a real camaraderie among the squad, we’re a close group.”

Scotland are already without both Aaron Hickey and Nathan Patterson and Bologna captain Lewis Ferguson, who had enjoyed an outstanding season in Serie A leading his side to the Champions League, but suffered an ACL injury in April.

They are in action on Monday night against Gibraltar in Faro, before facing Finland at Hampden on Friday in their final warm-up match ahead of the competition.

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