Scotland star Kieran Tierney has been given a boost as he makes his return to the Arsenal squad after almost a month out.

Mikel Arteta confirmed in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Arsenal match with Benfica in the last 32 of the Europa League that the left-back had travelled to Italy for the match and had taken part in training.

Arsenal Training Session

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 17: (L-R) Alex Lacazette and Kieran TIerney of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on February 17, 2021 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

There was still wonder over whether he would make the squad for this evening’s match but it has been confirmed that Tierney will take a place on the bench in Rome.

Tierney has emerged as a big player for Arsenal this season after his first campaign for the Gunners was disrupted by injury. He has made 23 appearances so far this term but has been out since January 18th with a leg injury, missing five Premier League matches.

In the last seven matches Tierney has not featured for Arsenal, Arteta’s side have won just twice, highlighting his importance. It’s a boost for Steve Clarke too with Scotland’s World Cup qualifying campaign edging closer.

Scotland v Israel - UEFA Nations League

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – SEPTEMBER 04: Kieran Tierney of Scotland is seen in action during the UEFA Nations League group stage match between Scotland and Israel at Hampden Park National Stadium on September 04, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Looking to build on last year’s qualification for Euro 2020 this summer, Clarke’s men will play three times in a week to start the journey to World Cup 2022, another trip to Israel one of the ties awaiting Scotland.

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