With Arsenal’s Champions League spot out of reach, the focus now turns to Premier League survival. Kieran Tierney is likely to miss the rest of this season with a knee injury that could sideline him for up to six weeks in Arsenal’s top four setback.
Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney is likely to miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury in their top four setback.
Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney will have knee surgery and is expected to miss the remainder of the season, according to the club.
On Tuesday, the 24-year-old visited with a physician, who informed him that he would need surgery, which ESPN sources say will take place on Thursday.
Tierney suffered the injury not while on international duty with Scotland, but during a training session at London Colney last week, according to Arsenal.
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Tierney’s recuperation timescale has yet to be decided, but sources have informed ESPN that he is a significant question for Scotland’s World Cup qualifying playoff against Ukraine in June.
According to a club statement, “Kieran noticed difficulty during a training session on Thursday, March 31.” “Further examinations and scans have shown that Kieran has suffered damage to his left knee.
“On Tuesday, a specialist appointment took place, and after additional conversations with Kieran and our medical team, it was determined that Kieran required knee surgery. This surgery will take place in the coming days in London.
Following a knee injury, Kieran Tierney might miss the rest of the season. via Getty Images, Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC
“Kieran’s rehabilitation program will begin immediately after his operation, at which point a better grasp of his recovery timeframe will be developed.” Kieran, on the other hand, is likely to miss the rest of the season.
“Everyone at the club will now rally around Kieran and fight tirelessly to get him back on the field as quickly as possible.”
Tierney’s absence is a major setback for Arsenal, whose dreams of finishing in the Premier League’s top four for the first time since 2016 were dashed by a 3-0 loss at Crystal Palace on Monday.
Nuno Tavares, a summer signing from Benfica, began at left-back in Tierney’s place but was replaced at half-time after a poor performance.
Tavares was subbed off after only 34 minutes of his last start against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round, when Arsenal were eliminated.
Both outings raise major doubts about Tavares’ readiness to play a key role in Arsenal’s last nine games, with the Gunners in fifth position, one point behind Tottenham on goal difference.
Other options for Arteta include midfielder Granit Xhaka switching to left-back, as he did at Selhurst Park, or Cedric Soares being deployed on the opposite flank, but that would be contingent on right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu returning to training, which the club confirmed will not be until after Arsenal’s home game against Southampton on April 16 at the earliest.
Arteta stated after the defeat to Palace on Monday: “Tomorrow he will visit a specialist, and we will learn more about the nature of his injuries. But his gut feeling wasn’t exactly optimistic, and neither were the scans, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens.”
Tierney is also a crucial figure for Scotland, having played the full friendly against Poland and Austria during the previous international break, scoring in both games.
The “tomiyasu injury” is a major setback for Arsenal. Kieran Tierney, their best player this season, will likely miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
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