Shad Forsythe says one positive from Kieran Tierney’s shoulder injury is that the Scot will return to action very fit from a running perspective.
The summer signing from Celtic has endured a frustrating start to life at Arsenal. Surgery to solve a groin problem meant he didn’t make his debut until October and in his 5th Premier League appearance of the season away at West Ham in December he dislocated a shoulder.
The 23-year-old is still undergoing intense rehab to recover from that latest problem but has been training with the first team squad in Dubai during the winter break.
According to Forsythe, giving long-term absentees the chance to travel and live with their teammates is important for morale.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, he said: “A lot of our rehab players are very close, so if you’re looking at Reiss Nelson, at a couple of our new signings, you saw today that a couple them are integrated within the session, so the more we can get them in and around the team, the better.
“We also have Kieran Tierney who is rehabbing a shoulder injury so there are quite a few things Kieran can do with the team, with the ball as long as he’s not really in contact right now, so it’s really important to bring all the players that we can to be here together as well.
“The great thing, if there ever is a great thing about having a shoulder injury versus a lower limb injury in football is that we run.
“Kieran’s probably going to come back in very, very fit and very in shape from a running perspective because he’s been going tonnes of running or different patterns, ball work, things for his position specifically and also talking to Mikel and the coaches and building things that’ll have him ready to step in and perform in his position.”
Forsythe also touched on the importance of the Premier League introducing a winter break.
“This time of the season after the intense Christmas period and January cup competition is a time to repair, recover, reload and get your players on the brink of being fully fit.
“Obviously, Calum won’t be back until next season and a bit of freshness into the team and a couple of new signings as well, and I think it’s going to be valuable for that final push moving forward to the end of the season.”