Arsenal and Scotland star Kieran Tierney isn’t looking at an extended stay on the side lines as his muscle injury isn’t deemed a serious one.

The left-back has been sensational in recent weeks and months for Arsenal as the Scotland man makes his mark in the Premier League after an injury-hit first term. But those fears crept in again on Thursday.

Arsenal v Newcastle United - FA Cup Third Round

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 09: Kieran Tierney of Arsenal during the FA Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on January 9, 2021 in London, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

He was rested on Thursday night against Crystal Palace due to muscle tightness and was sent for a scan on Friday to see the extent of the damage. It hasn’t been named as a bad muscle injury, his calf not tearing in any way.

It means Tierney may return to the Arsenal side for the visit of Newcastle United next week. Manager Mikel Arteta said of Tierney after the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace: “Kieran’s progression in the last few months has been incredible and now it is time for another player to step in. He’s going to have an MRI scan tomorrow and see how he is.


“We don’t know (how long he will be out for), we will probably know more tomorrow (Friday) after testing him and how long he is going to be out for.

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The Scotland star is expected to return very soon. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It was a big disappointment to lose him and hopefully he will be back with us shortly.”

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