Arsenal confirmed today that Kieran Tierney has indeed suffered ligament damage to his left knee after the Scotsman hobbled off injured against Liverpool last weekend. (Arsenal.com)
The former Celtic man has had a torrid time with injuries ever since he joined us. He came in hurt and had to spend a while on the sidelines. He made his debut a month after signing for Arsenal but suffered a shoulder injury a couple of months later.
That kept him out of action for over three months but he returned with a bang. He ended the season brilliantly and everyone hoped that we would see the real Tierney in full flow this season.
Sadly, injuries haven’t left him alone this season either. He has already missed nine games in all competitions so far, and if Arsenal’s medical team are to be believed, he will miss a whole lot more in the coming weeks.
When will Tierney return from his injury?
Arsenal’s doctors have confirmed today that Tierney has sustained damage to his ligaments on his left knee. The good news is that the former Celtic man will not require surgery, but the bad news is he won’t be back anytime soon.
It is claimed that the medical team are hoping that Tierney will return to training in four to six weeks. (Arsenal.com) That means that the full-back may only return for the last league game of the season and the Europa League final if we get there.
That is a humongous blow for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta.
Tierney is arguably our most important player. Nobody in the squad offers what he does on the left flank, and Arsenal will really struggle to find the right balance in the next four to six weeks without him.
Cedric Soares is the natural option to replace him and he has done well. However, Arteta will be forced to change something to not disrupt the balance of the side – mistakes there could really hurt us in the latter stages of the Europa League.