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Strachan, Loew lose a man each

Robert Snodgrass is almost certainly out of Scotland's Euro 2016 qualifying opener in Germany after suffering suspected knee ligament damage.

Hull City's new £6m signing damaged his knee in the club's opening-day league win at Queens Park Rangers. Snodgrass was forced off at half-time and looks certain to be facing a long lay-off, depending on further tests today.

"Snodgrass is a concern," said Steve Bruce, the Hull manager. "He's twisted his knee. He's in a brace and crutches at the moment - touch wood he's not too bad. But we fear ligament damage and if it is, it'll obviously be a long time."

Joachim Loew, Gordon Strachan's German counterpart, is also facing the loss of an important player as Bastian Schweinsteiger is likely to miss the qualifier in Dortmund after failing to recover from a knee injury.

The Bayern Munich midfielder was suffering from knee tendons problems during the World Cup but still managed to excel in Germany's march to victory. But he will miss the start of the new season after club manager Pep Guardiola revealed the influential 30-year-old is not even back running in training yet.

"Bastian is injured," said Guardiola. "He will miss the start of the new season. At the moment, we don't have a possible return date yet for him."

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