'Emery will have been frustrated to see a key player injured'

John McGinn
John McGinn

Former Chelsea and Scotland winger Pat Nevin speaking to BBC Sport: "I do understand a bit of frustration coming from the top clubs as this international break nears its end though, as a Scot, I am delighted my country has qualified for the European Championships again.

"The manager Steve Clarke is an old team-mate from my Chelsea days and a good friend, so I know precisely why he wanted results against Georgia and Norway, even though qualification was already assured.

"From an Aston Villa fan’s point of view, these ‘dead rubbers’ which would only decide if Scotland ended in pot two or three in next summer’s tournament may have trashed their midfielder John McGinn for a few weeks.

"McGinn, Scotland’s talisman, played 176 minutes as well as travelling 3,000 miles in four days. The former Hibs player doesn’t do easy minutes in games, he always runs himself to a standstill, so Villa boss Unai Emery will have been frustrated to see a key player then not surprisingly succumb to injury in the 80th minute of the second game.

"Club versus country is always a dilemma in these circumstances, and I understand both sides of the argument."

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