There’s a sigh of relief for Scotland as Mikel Arteta confirms that Arsenal and national team left-back Kieran Tierney hasn’t picked up a serious injury.
The Arsenal star made his return to the international scene with Scotland last month after over a year out of national team plans through injury. He started the 1-1 draw with Israel although was left on the bench for the victory over Czech Republic.
Prior to Arsenal’s 2-1 win over West Ham at the weekend, Tierney was withdrawn from the Gunners XI due to a hip problem.
After a torrid time battling Osteitis Pubis last season, there were fears similar problems could have arisen for Tierney as the demanding season for club and country begins to take shape.
But Arsenal boss Arteta has eased such fears, saying that Tierney was withdrawn from the warm-up as a precaution. Scotland return to action next month when they take to Euro 2020 play-off action for a chance to compete at next summer’s tournament.
“Kieran is fine,” Arteta said (Arsenal). “He had a little muscular discomfort in the last few days. He tried and worked in the warm-up but he wasn’t feeling comfortable.
“We could not control it. We believed that he was going to be fit but during the warm-up, in the last 10 minutes, he said he wasn’t feeling OK.
“We had to make a decision. We were prepared just in case and Kola came on and had a good game.”