LINZ, AUSTRIA - Thursday, September 21, 2023: Liverpool's Ben Doak walks out before the UEFA Europa League Group E matchday 1 game between LASK and Liverpool FC at the Raiffeisen Arena. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Ben Doak suffers new injury setback – OUT of Euro 2024 squad

Having not played at any level since December, Ben Doak has now been forced out of the Scotland squad for Euro 2024 after suffering a new injury blow.

Doak was somewhat of a surprise inclusion in Steve Clarke’s provisional squad for the summer’s tournament in Germany.

Having only returned to full training in May after five months out following knee surgery, the 18-year-old was considered a wildcard selection for Scotland.

But with Clarke’s attacking options reduced further by injury to Lyndon Dykes in training last week, Doak was then expected to make the final cut.

However, the Scottish FA announced on Tuesday night that he had been forced out of contention with a new injury, with U21s striker Tommy Conway called up in his place.

It is a bitter blow for Doak, who could have been a major threat for Scotland in their group games against Germany, Switzerland and Hungary this month.

His withdrawal is not entirely unexpected though, having already seen his training time managed along with missing Monday’s 2-0 friendly win over Gibraltar.

Doak could still travel with the Scotland squad to the tournament, as Dykes has already decided to do, though much depends on the extent of his injury.

BRADFORD, ENGLAND - Tuesday, December 5, 2023: Liverpool's Ben Doak during the English Football League Trophy Round of 32 match between Bradford City AFC and Liverpool FC Under-21's at Valley Parade. (Photo by Ed Sykes/Propaganda)

The teenager suffered MCL damage during a 2-1 win over Chelsea U21s in December, undergoing surgery and spending the rest of the campaign unavailable.

He rejoined Liverpool first-team training in the buildup to the final game of the season, but was never set to be considered for selection.

The hope will be that his injury is not serious and Doak can focus on regaining his fitness while supporting his new Scotland team-mates, before heading to the AXA Training Centre for pre-season under Arne Slot.