Norwich City duo Steven Naismith and Steven Whittaker pull out of Scotland squad
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Norwich City's Steven Naismith and Steven Whittaker have withdrawn from Scotland's squad for upcoming friendlies against the Czech Republic and Denmark.
Naismith had been struggling with a hamstring problem but did return for the Canaries' 1-0 Premier League win at West Brom on Saturday in a late second half cameo. Whittaker has not featured for Alex Neil since a Capital One Cup exit at Everton in October.
The Scottish FA confirmed the duo would return to their club on Monday morning, with team mate Russell Martin remaining part of Gordon Strachan's party for Thursday's game in Prague. Martin is not scheduled to be part of Strachan's plans for Denmark's visit to Hampden Park next week.
Meanwhile, Norwich City team mate Robbie Brady revealed he is looking forward to a big summer with the Republic of Ireland after lifting his country's young player-of-the-year award at a gala ceremony in Dublin on Sunday night.
Brady scored Norwich's winner at the Hawthorns before linking up with the Irish, alongside Wes Hoolahan, for their warm up games against Switzerland and Slovakia as Martin O'Neill's squad prepare for the Euro 2016 finals.
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The 24-year-old played a key role in the Republic's successful qualification campaign and scored a vital away goal in the aggregate play-off win over Bosnia.
'I've really enjoyed it this year, just staying fit and playing as many matches as I can. Playing a part in the qualification is a dream really,' he told the FAI's official site. ' Everyone wants to go and play in these big tournaments really and it was a dream come true and I will be raring to go now in the summer. I have watched everything since I was a baby and now to be part of that is amazing and not everyone gets to come and represent your country.
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'It is not something to take for granted. For me, scoring the goal away to Bosnia was my personal highlight. Watching the lads scoring important goals, like Jonny (Walters) and Robbie (Keane) and Shane (Long) and chipping in with one and put my little stamp on it was immense.'
Brady was taken off at West Brom with blurred vision suffered in a heavy landing on his neck and the midfielder will continue to be assessed by the Irish medical staff before a final decision is made whether he takes part in upcoming friendies.