Ross Stewart is expected to provide Scotland with a wildcard option for Euro 2024.

The Southampton striker has been sidelined because of a serious muscle injury since November, and it was thought his season would be over.

However, that might not be the case.

Stewart has suffered various setbacks following his move down south from Ross County four years ago. But when the 27-year-old has been fit, he showed he can regularly find the net. 

He scored 40 times from 81 appearances at Sunderland before making the £8million switch to St Mary's on Deadline Day last summer.

And now Saints head coach Russell Martin is desperate to get Stewart fit and up to speed ahead of the English Championship play-offs. 

If the talisman can impress between now and the season climax, he may even be in Scotland boss, Steve Clarke's thinking after it was confirmed each nation will be allowed to bring 26 players to this summer's Euros. 

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Speaking about Stewart's return to full fitness ahead of Saturday's home league clash against Stoke City, Martin said: "Yeah, all being well, Ross will be on the bench next week against Leeds. Hopefully, fingers crossed, he's come through training really nicely.

"He'll have a big session in the morning and then have Sunday to recover. He will then be fully with the squad next week. So, all being well, we look forward to having Ross in the squad."

Stewart, who has two caps to his name, could compete with Southampton teammate, Che Adams, plus Lyndon Dykes, Lawrence Shankland and Jacob Brown for a chance to represent Scotland at a major tournament. Or at least be given game time during the international friendlies versus Finland and Gibraltar in early June.