Kieran Tierney has had successful surgery on his dislocated shoulder, and now begins his rehabilitation.
The former Celtic man sustained the injury against West Ham last week, and now faces a three month recovery period before a return to first team action.
The 22 year old has had a difficult start to life in North London. A £25m deadline day signing, he arrived with a pelvic/hip injury which delayed his debut until the end of September when he played in a 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup.
Since then he’s started eight times, and come off the bench twice for a total of eleven appearances.
It’s unfortunate for him on a personal level, but also for Arsenal. There are fitness concerns over Sead Kolasinac who appeared to suffer a sprained ankle in the 3-0 defeat to Man City on Sunday.
It’s yet to be revealed how serious that problem might be for the Bosnian international, but without an obvious candidate coming through the youth system, we may have to ask Ainsley-Maitland Niles to fill in there if he’s out for any prolonged period of time.
It’s not ideal at the most hectic point in the fixture schedule, and it’ll be a challenge for the club – and the the imminent new head coach to deal with.
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