Scotland midfielder Stuart Armstrong admitted he was surprised when he got a call up for the World Cup qualifying double-header against Israel and Faroe Islands. He is grateful despite the surprise after not playing a single minute of football this season since suffering a calf injury. Armstrong was named on the bench for Southampton’s league match against Chelsea. The midfielder is set to join the rest of the squad in Scotland as they host Israel before traveling to the Faroe Islands for their second game.
“Of course, [I’m] a little bit surprised but I’m really grateful to be involved.” Scotland midfielder Stuart Armstrong said. “Of course you would always want to come into the squad with match fitness and sharpness. Obviously, I’m still building my way back to fitness. I’m feeling good and ready to help the team when asked. I picked up a little injury that I thought would only be a few days, a week at most, but a few things went wrong along the way and it’s been a bit of a long process.”
“But to be back in training at the start of last week for Southampton and to be back involved in the matchday squad was a big thing for me,” he added. “And also to get the call-up here was fantastic. Initially, it was an FHL [flexor hallucis longus] and then it turned into a calf injury and then that took a little bit longer than the two/three-week period I was hoping for. I had a couple of setbacks but it’s all good now.”