Dykes praised for Scotland display but picks up injury

QPR’s new signing Lyndon Dykes scored for Scotland against the Czech Republic and won praise for his performance – but went off midway through the second half after picking up an injury.

The striker, a recent acquisition from Livingston, got his first international goal and impressed up front in the Nations League game in Olomouc, where Scotland won 2-1.

However, he hobbled off after taking a heavy knock to his back and was clearly struggling as he left the pitch.

Dykes is currently QPR’s only recognised striker and the club will be hoping the problem is not a significant one.

His two recent displays for Scotland have seen him quickly establish himself as their main frontman.

“He’s shown that he can handle this level and shown he’s going to be a good player for us in the future,” boss Steve Clarke told Sky Sports.

There was praise too from former Scotland and Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher.

Also speaking on Sky Sports, Fletcher said: “His attitude, work-rate and desire – proper centre-forward.

“He was a massive positive for Scotland. He’s got the jersey now. And Scotland need that presence up front.

“If anything he actually does too much work. He’s always running back and helping in defence.”