Oli McBurnie's withdrawal from Scotland has gifted Queenslander Lyndon Dykes a chance to press his claims in Steve Clarke's team.
McBurnie turned eyebrows after pulling out of Scotland's squad for their clashes with Israel and Czech Republic in the Nations League, instead turning out for Sheffield United in a club friendly.
Dykes received his first national call-up after choosing Scotland over Australia but the Queens Park Rangers striker was immediately reminded he would have to contend with the likes of McBurnie.
Clarke, meanwhile, has given his blessing to McBurnie who played 45 minutes of United's 2-0 pre-season win over Derby just two days after pulling out of the national team.
"I spoke to (Sheffield United manager) Chris Wilder at the end of last week and he told me Oli hadn't been training because he had a laceration in his foot that had become infected and that he wouldn't be fit enough to play at international level.
"Chris is one of the most honest men in football and we had a good discussion about where Oli was at.
"People have to remember there's a world of difference between getting some minutes in a pre-season friendly and preparing for an international double header.
"After discussions with the medical team and sports science team it made sense for everyone for Oli to stay at Sheffield and work on his fitness."
Clarke is also without forwards Leigh Griffiths, Lawrence Shankland, Steven Naismith and Johnny Russell for a variety of reasons.
Dykes is the only recognised centre-forward in the squad although wide man Oli Burke and late call-up Callum Paterson have also played in that position.