Armstrong ruled out for remainder of the season

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Russell Martin has issued an update on Stuart Armstrong after the midfielder was stretchered off deep into stoppage time at Cardiff on Saturday.

The 32-year-old went down after making an attempt to draw Saints level late on, with Martin confirming the injury isn’t as bad as first feared.

“It’s his quad, it’s a muscle injury,” the Saints boss confirmed. “We’ll do everything we can to get him fit for the EUROs for Scotland. I think he has a big chance for that, I don’t think he has any chance of playing for us really.”

“He has a big hope of getting in the Scotland squad because he’s been fantastic for them and for us this season and has been in every squad, and I think there’s a realistic chance with the injury he has to be fit for that.

“So we will do everything we can as a football club to help him get there. It wasn’t as serious as we all feared but it is serious enough to keep him out for a period of time now where he can’t help us unfortunately.”

Martin also issued an update on Flynn Downes, who was substituted at half-time against Preston and missed the trip to Wales at the weekend.

“The landscape has changed a little bit. It’s risk and reward a bit with Flynn, so we’ll have to wait and see.”