Scott McKenna admits it may be too late to save his Scotland place this month despite returning to captain Nottingham Forest.
Centre-back McKenna was part of the squad who booked their place via the play-offs for this summer’s rescheduled Euros.
But recent injuries left McKenna confessing he expects to be dropped for boss Steve Clarke’s looming World Cup qualifiers against Austria, Israel and the Faroe Islands.
The defender should get a run in the Forest side now though after skipper Joe Worrall was ruled out with a fractured rib.
McKenna got the armband in Worrall’s absence and was tested on his return from an ankle injury by promotion hopefuls Reading in a 1-1 draw.
“I am delighted to be back out there,” said September signing McKenna,24, after his first appearance since January 20.
“I’ve picked up a couple of injuries this season and missed far more games than I would have liked.
“It is very frustrating.
“I’ve only played four games since the start of December so whether I make the squad this month, I am not so sure.
“But certainly for the Euros, if I can stay fit for the rest of the season and just play as well as I can, hopefully I will give Steve Clarke a problem or a decision over whether he puts me in that squad.”
Reds boss Chris Hughton revealed Worrall is out until after the international break despite playing on with a cracked rib at Luton and against Watford in Forest’s following game.
Hughton said: “It is testament to Joe’s toughness and willingness to play but he has a cracked rib which will keep him out for a few weeks.
“We are hoping once the international break is over he will be available.
“It is something he felt which he didn’t think was a problem and it was only when we got it scanned that it showed up.
“He did it at Luton but finished the game and trained afterwards.
“He is a tough individual and it didn’t stop him playing at Watford in the previous game.”