Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta isn’t ruling out the possibility of Kieran Tierney missing Euro 2020 – but the initial diagnosis has provided hope he’ll make it.
The Scotland star has been immense for his country since returning to Steve Clarke’s plans in September following over a year out with injury. Arsenal left-back Tierney netted a hat-trick of assists from centre-back in last month’s win over Faroe Islands.
But injury has caught up with him. A sturdy challenge from Liverpool’s James Milner caught Tierney in the knee on Saturday, Arsenal now confirming he will be out for up to six weeks. Euro 2020 doesn’t start until two weeks after that, but the timeline is very tight.
It means Arsenal manager Arteta can’t rule out the heartbreaking scenario of Tierney missing Scotland’s first major tournament since 1998 this summer: “We have to make sure first that he doesn’t need any surgery, which it doesn’t look like. The timeframe will be that (up to six weeks).
“It could have been worse because the action looks quite scary, but he looks a bit better and the damage was not that bad, so at the end of the day it is not the bad news we could have been waiting for. We are going to have to go day by day and see how Kieran is feeling, then when he gets close to playing time and how he is feeling we will make that decision.”
Asked if he thinks Tierney will be fit for Scotland’s Euro 2020 campaign in June, Arteta added: “It will depend how things evolve again in the next few weeks.”
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