Arsenal are still discussing with the authorities whether Kieran Tierney can feature this weekend despite a positive virus test forcing him into isolation.

Prior to the first of Scotland’s triple-header of matches last week against Israel, the camp were hit with a setback. Southampton midfielder Stuart Armstrong received a positive Covid-19 test, forcing close contacts in Arsenal man Tierney and Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie into self-isolation.

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Tierney (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

In the aftermath of this, discussions have taken place over whether Christie and Tierney can return to action. They have big matches this weekend, Arsenal facing Manchester City and Celtic hosting Rangers.

The Gunners called for discussions with the authorities on this matter and those are still ongoing according to Emirates manager Mikel Arteta. He says the situation is becoming tricky.

“This is getting very complicated,” the Arsenal boss said. “When we are sending players abroad and obviously you lose control, some authorities have different regulations to the actual ones in the Premier League.

Tierney was caught in the virus upheaval this week. (Photo by Oliver Hardt – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

“We are still having some discussions with the authorities and hopefully we will know more this afternoon.

“I think international football has to continue going because there are some competitions that have to happen. They were already delayed last summer and they have to take place because those organisations have to be sustainable and we all understand that.”

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