Scotland Ladies manager Anna Signeul has bemoaned the loss of star midfielder Kim Little through injury, ahead of this summer’s Euro 2017 tournament.

Little, 26, has not been included having recently sustained a serious cruciate ligament injury.

Losing a player like Kim is obviously upsetting for the team,” Signeul told BBC Sport.We are devastated for Kim.

Signeul was hoping to add the playmaker to her squad as the Scots have fixtures against Romania and Sweden in quick succession to prepare for this summer’s tournament in the Netherlands.

Little, who has already earned 117 caps for her country, sustained the injury whilst training with Arsenal.

The timing is significantly detrimental to Scotland’s hopes of performing well during the competition, but Signeul stressed the importance of Little focusing on helping her country qualify for the 2019 World Cup finals in France.

She is young and will have the chance to represent Scotland at other major championships in the future,” Signuel continued.

The important thing for Kim now is to concentrate on returning to full fitness. We wish her well in her recovery and hope to see her back in a Scotland jersey soon.

Hopefully Kim does recover quickly and return soon, we wish her the best during a tough few months ahead.