McGregor doubt for Scotland

  • Last Updated: August 16 2012, 19:18 BST

Scotland goalkeeper Allan McGregor remains a doubt for the World Cup opener against Serbia despite scans showing no tear in his injured groin.

Allan McGregor: Returned to Besiktas for treatment

McGregor limped badly as he went off midway through the first half of Scotland's 3-1 friendly win over Australia on Wednesday.

A statement from the Scottish Football Association on Thursday read: "Allan McGregor underwent an MRI scan today at Ross Hall Hospital, following his substitution against Australia at Easter Road last night.

"The scan confirmed he has suffered a groin strain and he will now return to Turkey to undergo a programme of rehabilitation with Besiktas.

"The Scottish FA medical staff have confirmed that the recovery process will take weeks rather than days but a more specific timescale will only be established once he begins treatment at his club."

Scotland open their World Cup campaign against the Serbians at Hampden on September 8 before hosting Macedonia three days later.

Blackpool's Matt Gilks replaced McGregor for his debut with Scotland 1-0 down and pulled off a good save to tip over a Luke Wilkshire strike in his only real test.

Former number one Craig Gordon was left out of the squad as he is still without a club after being released by Sunderland at the end of last season.

The other goalkeeper in the squad was Cardiff's David Marshall, who won the last of his five caps in George Burley's final match in charge, a 3-0 defeat by Wales in November 2009.

Manager Craig Levein said after the game: "The good thing is that Gilksy got about 75 minutes and pulled off one outstanding save. In general, I thought he was pretty assured.

"I've got David Marshall as well but I hope that Allan is fit because he has established himself as our number one goalkeeper and I would like him to be fit and available."