Arsenal have confirmed that Scotland’s Kieran Tierney will make a return to training next week after suffering injury – but that means missing the crucial Leeds United battle.

The left-back has been a key player for Mikel Arteta this season, an argument to be made for Tierney perhaps being their Player of the Season so far. After overcoming injury problems in his first term as a Gunner, he’s shone this campaign.

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LEEDS, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 22: Kieran Tierney of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Arsenal at Elland Road on November 22, 2020 in Leeds, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Tierney has made 17 Premier League appearances this season but hasn’t featured since the 18th of January with a niggling injury. Arsenal have won one of the last five games without him in the side.

But his training return will be early next week after a strain to the right lower leg, missing the weekend’s match with Leeds United. That could mean he’s fit in time for Arsenal’s Europa League last 32 clash with Benfica.

Or it could mean a return in time for another crucial Premier League match, a home battle with league leaders Manchester City. Scotland have the World Cup qualifiers coming up in March ahead of Euro 2020 this summer.

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Scotland return in March as World Cup qualifiers kick-off ahead of Euro 2020 in the summer months this year.. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Steve Clarke will be hoping form and fitness is kept up by all of his men in the build-up, players such as Scott McTominay, Stuart Armstrong and John McGinn all flying in the Premier League at present.

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