Tierney reveals he dislocated his shoulder three times against West Ham

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Kieran Tierney has revealed that he dislocated his shoulder three times before being substituted in the December win over West Ham United.

The Scot has endured an incredibly frustrating first season at Arsenal, joining with a groin problem that delayed his debut and then, post-surgery, spending another 10 weeks on the sidelines before getting fit just as the coronavirus outbreak forced everyone at the club into self-isolation.

When the season does resume – and nobody knows exactly when that will be – the right-back will no doubt be hoping to make his mark. For the time being, he’s been left reminiscing about a very painful night at the London Stadium.

Speaking to Sport Bible (relayed by the Daily Record), Tierney said: “The night at West Ham was a hard one for me with a dislocated shoulder in the first ten minutes and straight away you know what you have done.

“And then another ten minutes later I done the same thing again but I landed differently.

“Then it was a set piece and my arm just went into a position where it wasn’t comfortable at all and dislocated.

“Mentally it was probably the toughest time of my life. In my head I was thinking, ‘I need an operation now’. I knew.

“Three times in ten minutes, nobody’s shoulder should be going like that. So in my head as I was lying down I was thinking, ‘That’s me out for another few months’.

“I knew that devastation straight away and I think you can see it on my face.

“Being injured at the start of my Arsenal career was hard. Mentally it was probably the toughest time of my life.”

With light at the end of the tunnel (if you ignore the other darkness enveloping us all), Tierney appears to be feeling positive about the way he’s used his time on the sidelines. Not only does he think he’ll be in better physical shape, he’s also been studying opponents and his teammates.

“There’s always things you can do and there is always ways you can improve yourself although it’s not on the pitch or with the ball you are still improving yourself and your physique and every day you are injured you are improving your mentality as well.

“Watching from the sidelines is never easy but you need to take every positive you can out of it.

“I’ll be watching who is playing in my position, who I’d be playing against and how the team are playing so when I do get integrated back into training games it’s like second nature and I know the way the team play, how they want to play and how the manager wants to do his things.

“It’s never ideal sitting on the sideline watching but I just want the team to win and be successful.

“Everybody loves going out and playing football but to be mentally tough and to deal with all these obstacles and hurdles that people throw at you, it’s the hardest part but when you get to the other side it’s the most rewarding part.”

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Martin Petersons
Martin Petersons
14 days ago

Isn’t he a left back, not a right back?

AussieGooner
AussieGooner
14 days ago

It depends on which end of the pitch you are watching from.

Bai Blagoi
Bai Blagoi
14 days ago

That’s right. I mean left.

Aaron
Aaron
14 days ago

Looking at Saka’s form, maybe just maybe Tierney has decided to challenge Héctor after all. No?

COYG 1001
COYG 1001
14 days ago

Blogs put it in as a test. He’s a riddler that’s Blogs.

OhRockyRocky
OhRockyRocky
14 days ago

I understand. In death or injury, a member of Project Arsenal has a position. His position is a right back. His position is a right back

Don Cazorleone
Don Cazorleone
14 days ago

that’s a paddlin’

Duno
Duno
13 days ago

Left back left reminiscing. Blogs was avoid the lisp.

BooomerGoooner
BooomerGoooner
14 days ago

I know you’re a tough guy, but one dislocation is enough to come off. It’s WestHam, not the Cup final. We need KT long term, not short term. Someone please explain that to him.

TeeCee
TeeCee
14 days ago
Reply to  BooomerGoooner

Reading what he said, I suspect he’s had this problem for a long time and he’s used to just bashing it back in and carrying on. (My son does this with his knees.)
Then, when it kept popping out repeatedly, he realised that it was time to have it properly sorted.

ArsenesLongSufferingZipper
ArsenesLongSufferingZipper
14 days ago
Reply to  TeeCee

Got a can of really special glue. Would it help?

C.B.
C.B.
14 days ago

Would love to see him get a successful run in the side and get Saka on the wing.

Reality check
Reality check
14 days ago
Reply to  C.B.

Him and Saka were quite good for as long as they played together and Martinelli made the most of it.

Chidi
Chidi
14 days ago

Taking the non-negotiables to a whole different level. Get well soon bro, I wish you a prolonhed bill of good health when you’re back.

Thierry Bergkamp (non negotiable)
Thierry Bergkamp (non negotiable)
14 days ago

He’s a tough lad

Adiddledog
Adiddledog
14 days ago

Tierney will be like a new signing, oh wait… he is actually

Naked Cygan
Naked Cygan
14 days ago
Reply to  Adiddledog

Like Abu Diaby was every season.

Naked Cygan
Naked Cygan
14 days ago

Great talent, but injury prone. We tend to attract and invest in talented injury prone players. Ah I forgot about Cedric, what a great deal that was, bravo.

Terry Lyons
Terry Lyons
14 days ago

He’s a right back until he’s a left back… that’s how it works

Chakravo
Chakravo
13 days ago
Reply to  Terry Lyons

He’s a left back who I hope will come right back (when the games restart). Saka can move further up the pitch.

ScotchEggsRule
ScotchEggsRule
13 days ago

I’m looking forward to seeing him, Saka and Martinelli playing down the left side, for an extended period. Should be one of the strongest left sides in the league.

Merlin’s Panini
Merlin’s Panini
13 days ago

When the season does resume – and nobody knows exactly when that will be – the right-back will no doubt be hoping to make his mark.”

Left-back, you mean.

Giddygun
Giddygun
10 days ago

Is he right back, I mean back and fit, our left back?