“I was so down. I stayed back and did rehab work. I was just so flat that day. I stayed back here trying to get fit for Friday and it was the longest day. It was a horrible day.
“Watching the anthem was amazing but what I was feeling inside was terrible. I wanted to be there so much.
“I wanted to help the boys out, wanted them to do so well and not being able to help was hard to take. I was just in my room. I had to do rehab all day and took an hour or two off just to watch the game.
“The pain itself probably wouldn’t stop you playing. It’s if you played on it, it could get a lot, lot worse and you could get out for a lengthy time. You can’t risk it, not with calves.
“It’s just so unlucky because I worked so hard to get back from my knee injury. I came back quickly for that, played a few games. I don’t know if those few games caught up with me and I just got a wee niggle. That’s all it is, just a niggle. It’s touch and go. I’m just doing my best to be fit for Friday night.”
In the absence of the Arsenal left-back, Scotland lost the opening clash 2-0.