Leeds United defender Liam Cooper has received a late call-up to the Scotland squad to face Canada and Slovenia this week, report BBC Sport.

Matt Phillips, James McArthur and Grant Hanley were all named in manager Gordon Strachan’s original 30-man party but withdrew due to fitness concerns.

Cooper has yet to be awarded his first international cap but did find himself called up to the squad that took on Denmark last March.

In his younger days he featured for both the under-17 and under-19 sides and will now hope to finally make the leap to the seniors at the age of 25.

The former Chesterfield centre-half joined Leeds in 2014 and was a regular in the team during his first two seasons at the club.

However, after an injury-disrupted pre-season under Garry Monk last summer, Cooper was left out of the Whites’ opening two Championship matches of the campaign and has started only seven league games since the Englishman took charge.

His best chance of playing for his country this week may come in the friendly against Canada on Wednesday night, with Strachan unlikely to risk fielding him in Sunday’s World Cup qualifier at home to Slovenia.

The Scots are fifth in Group F with four games gone and need a win at the weekend to keep alive any slim hopes of making a first major tournament since 1998.


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