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Nov 12, 2020 at 7.45pm UK at Stadion Rajko Mitić
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Scotland without Ryan Fraser and Grant Hanley for Serbia playoff final

Both players are struggling with hamstring problems.

Scotland have lost Grant Hanley and Ryan Fraser from their squad ahead of Thursday’s Euro 2020 play-off against Serbia.

Newcastle attacker Fraser and Norwich defender Hanley were the only two players ruled out after the squad met up on Monday.

Fraser missed Newcastle’s weekend defeat by Southampton due to a hamstring injury while Hanley is struggling with a similar problem.

Assistant coach Steven Reid said: “It’s disappointing. Grant has missed a little bit of football and unfortunately is not going to be with us, and Ryan as well.

Ryan Fraser has a hamstring problem
Ryan Fraser has a hamstring problem (Andrew Milligan/PA)

“He performed really well in the past camp so that is a blow but we have got strength in depth.

“We have obviously bigger numbers than usual in the squad and feel as if we have a squad which is capable of competing well at our strongest in the Serbia game and going into the two Nations League games after.”

Scotland’s preparations last month were hit by a positive Covid-19 test for Stuart Armstrong, which also took Ryan Christie and Kieran Tierney out of the squad.

Manager Steve Clarke also suffered further call-offs through injury and suspension during the triple header but his team still managed to record a hat-trick of wins, against Israel in the play-off semi-final and over Slovakia and Czech Republic in the Nations League.

“What has been pleasing in the last couple of camps is, despite the injuries and the issues with the Covid situation, the lads that stepped up were first class and that’s going to be the same going into all of these games as well,” said Reid, whose side round off their Nations League campaign in Slovakia and Israel this month.

“If there was to be an issue, we have players who have stepped in and stepped up to the plate.

“Going into this game, there’s players who have played a lot more games, who are getting up to a bit more match speed.

“We went into the last couple of camps and still had the issue with pre-seasons and getting up to match tempo. But by now the lads have played a lot of games.

“The squad is still strong. I have not been in a squad yet with Grant so he has not been part of it for a little while anyway. It’s still a shame he is missing out but it’s still a squad more than capable of getting a result.

“And the motivation and the prize at the end of it is hopefully going to take us up to another level of performance.”

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Tuesday's key events

· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
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· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
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· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
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