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Positive update on Arsenal star Kieran Tierney after reports of injury setback

By on October 1, 2019

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Arsenal fans can breathe easy as Kieran Tierney hasn’t suffered an injury setback and is still in contention to feature against Standard Liege on Thursday night.

Supporters were concerned after the Scottish Sun reported earlier today that Tierney had suffered a ‘setback’ in his recovery from a groin injury and had been forced to withdraw from the Scotland squad at the request of Arsenal’s medical team.

The newspaper said Tierney was now a major doubt to take on Standard Liege in the Europa League later this week and it seemed like this supposed ‘setback’ was the reason he failed to make Monday’s trip to Man Utd.

Obviously it was a big concern to read about a setback as we’ve all been extremely excited at the prospect of Tierney returning from his injury as he’s going to be a major addition to the team when fully fit.

However, we can all relax as Goal journalist Charles Watts took to Twitter to calm the nerves by insisting that Tierney hasn’t suffered any setback and is still available for selection against Liege on Thursday night. He said the defender’s withdrawal from the Scotland squad is all part of his careful rehab programme to get him back to full fitness.

Scotland boss Steve Clarke later confirmed the good news after revealing that Arsenal had asked him not to select Tierney for their upcoming games against Russia and San Marino as the club feel it’s too great a risk due to the fact he’s only played 77 minutes of first team football this season.

“I was close to selecting Kieran, obviously Arsenal have indicated to us that they’d prefer us not to select him at this moment in time because he’s only played 70-odd minutes of football and you have to respect the club’s decision on that,” Clarke said as per Goal.com

Phew. That’s a huge relief as it would have been a big blow if Tierney had suffered a setback and he’s now expected to build-up his fitness with a run-out against Liege on Thursday night.

I doubt we’ll see him feature against Bournemouth three days later but Tierney will be able to train during the international break now that he won’t be playing for Scotland in their Euro qualifiers.

After the two-wee hiatus, I expect Unai Emery will consider Tierney to be fully fit and available for selection so he could make his Premier League debut against Sheffield United on October 21st.

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