Iwelumo: We have a great chance

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Chris Iwelumo has refused to rule out playing a part in the climax to Scotland's World Cup qualifying campaign - but backed his team-mates to deliver success with or without him.

The Wolves striker is set to miss the start of the new season after breaking a metatarsal in a friendly 1-0 win against Perth Glory in Australia.

"It's a fantastic squad and there are some great strikers there," he said. "I'll do whatever I can to get myself fit."

Iwelumo now has little chance of being involved in Scotland's crucial clash in Norway on August 12 but has refused to rule out a return in time for the double-header against Macedonia and Holland at Hampden in September.

He added: "The importance of those matches are unbelievable but we've got good players there, good characters.

"The manager knows what he is doing and hopefully we can get the right result for the country."

Iwelumo will have a better idea of how long he can expect to be sidelined when he goes under the knife this week.

He told Sky Sports News: "We will know more after the operation and take it from there. I'll be getting an operation on Tuesday and then basically I'll be going into a rehab programme.

"I'll be trying to maintain the fitness that I have just now, I'm in pretty good shape. I just want to keep on top of it and look after myself as much as possible."

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