Kieran Tierney is making good progress with his return to full fitness says Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.
The Scotland left-back has been out of action since December after dislocating his shoulder. It’s left him unable to play for a couple of months now but he’s getting closer to match fitness.
Speaking to Arsenal’s website, Arteta has hailed some Tierney aspects after being impressed by the Scots international in Dubai during a warm weather training camp.
“He is making very good progress but we need to wait for the bone and the attachment to the tendon to heal before he can make any contact,” Arteta said.
“He has been training, his work ethic is incredible, I have been really impressed with him so hopefully we can get him back soon but we need to be a little bit patient with him.”
So far this season, Tierney has featured just 12 times for Arsenal. Injury at the start of the season delayed his impact and this recent knock has hindered it further.
It’s limited minutes on the international scene too. Tierney hasn’t played for Scotland since March 2019 although Steve Clarke will hope he’s fit for next month’s Euro 2020 play-offs.
Scotland will face Israel and the winner of that match will face either Norway or Serbia for a place at this summer’s Euro competition.
It seems as if Tierney is making good progress on the injury front ahead of this important schedule.