Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says a return to action for Scotland star Kieran Tierney could beckon in Europe this week.

The left-back has been sensational for the Gunners this term and made his return to the Scotland squad after over a year out in September. It came after his first season at Arsenal was disrupted by injury.

Scotland v Israel - UEFA Nations League

Tierney has struggled with injury. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He’s been fully fit for most of the season but the last few weeks have played host to Tierney suffering with a problem in his right leg. There have been numerous hints over his potential return date.

But now Arteta himself has confirmed the game in which Tierney could make his return to Arsenal action. The Gunners play Portuguese side Benfica in the last 32 of the Europa League this Thursday.


It’s a match in which Tierney could feature, although his teammate Thomas Partey is less likely to play a part: It seems unlucky at the moment but if there is probably one player who has the bigger chance [to play] it’s Kieran.


The Arsenal boss has hinted at a return for the Scotland left-back in the Europa League this Thursday night. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

“Probably in the next few days he can start to do some parts with the team but I don’t know how it’s going to evolve until he gets a little bit closer to training with the group.”

Steve Clarke will be hoping Tierney is back playing as soon as possible ahead of next month’s World Cup qualifiers. Scotland will play three times in a week, including another trip to face Israel.

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