Kieran Tierney’s bid to be fit for Scotland’s Euro 2020 campaign has taken a hit as Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta confirms he will miss the rest of the domestic season.
The left-back has been immense for Scots manager Steve Clarke, even outside his normal position. He has thrived at centre-back and the Arsenal star notched three assists from this position in last month’s 4-0 Scotland win over Faroe Islands.
But in his first game back after the international break, Tierney was substituted at half-time with a knee injury as Arsenal lost 3-1 to Liverpool. The initial diagnosis was 4-6 weeks recovery from ligament damage, Scotland due to start their Euro 2020 campaign in eight weeks.
But now there is doubt over whether he makes it, Granit Xhaka filling at left-back for Arsenal because Tierney will not play a domestic match before the summer: “He [Xhaka] had a specific role for the game against Sheffield United because we believed they were going to try to do something, and he had the right qualities to develop that role.
“It’s a joy to work with him because you’d ask him to play as a centre forward and he’d say, ‘yeah, yeah, I’ll do my best’. That’s the player you want. He had a really strong performance, and it gives another option. Kieran is out, probably for the season, so we need different options in that position and he [Xhaka] can be one of those.”
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