Aberdeen defender Mikey Devlin is set to miss Saturday’s away clash with Motherwell as he faces a race to be fit for the Betfred Cup final.
The 25-year-old is rated touch and go for the Hampden final against Celtic on Sunday December 2 with a foot injury.
Devlin sustained the injury during training on international duty with Scotland and had to pull out of the squad.
He had been in contention to earn a debut cap, and start, against Albania, a game Scotland won 4-0.
It is understood the Reds will not send the defender for a scan and it is now just a waiting game to see if the centre-back recovers from the injury in time for the cup final showdown.
Meanwhile, Devlin’s centre-back partner at Pittodrie, Scott McKenna, is tonight set to start against Israel in the Nations League clash at Hampden.
McKenna started the win over Albania on Saturday.
Alex McLeish’s Scotland must defeat Israel to top League C Group 1 and keep alive hopes of a second potential route to Euro 2020 qualification.
Aberdeen’s Graeme Shinnie and Gary Mackay-Steven were both unused substitutes in Albania.
Dons captain Shinnie said: “It is a massive game for us.
“We lost the game (against Israel 2-1 in Haifa) last time and when you lose games there’s going to be criticism.
“You have that at club football and I’ve experienced that.
“That’s what happens but it’s in our hands now and it’s up to us to turn it around.
“If we can go on and win both of them then you’ll get the plaudits, so you take the good and the bad.”
Shinnie believes the continuity of having players who perform together at club level can only help Scotland’s cause.
He said: “It’s brilliant having Aberdeen players in the squad.
“It is good for us to be together and have each other here.
“That is also good for Scotland as we play week in, week out with each other with our club and know everyone’s games.”
Shinnie is in contention to earn his fifth Scotland cap tonight.
He secured a debut cap this summer in the 2-0 friendly loss to Peru in Lima.
He has subsequently been capped against Mexico, Belgium and Portugal.
He said: “I never get my hopes up as I know how tough the squad is here with Scotland.
“All I ever try to do is work as hard as a I can in training.
“I know the importance of the game so I’ll try to help out in any way I can.
“It’s down to the manager and it’s his decision.
“I enjoy the training and it’s different to club football.
“The whole team get on really well and since I’ve been coming away I’ve met some top people and made new friends.”