Kieran Tierney has been instructed to self-isolate for 14 days by the Lothian Health Protection Team after Scotland teammate Stuart Armstrong returned a positive Covid-19 test result.
The Scottish FA have confirmed that the Arsenal full-back, along with Armstrong and Ryan Christie, will miss tomorrow night’s European Championship play-off second leg with Israel and Nations League games against Slovakia and the Czech Republic. A team masseur and a physiotherapist are in the same position.
As a consequence of the situation, Tierney will presumably not feature in the Gunners clash with Manchester City on 17 October.
Scotland boss Steve Clarke, said: “While this is obviously disappointing news the most important thing is the health and safety of the individuals involved and the wider group.
“As soon as we were informed of the positive test, the Chief Medical Consultant immediately contacted the Scottish Government’s clinical adviser, who in turn alerted the local Health Protection Team.
“We have informed the respective clubs from whom we have borrowed the players and backroom staff and we now have to prepare for a huge match ahead tomorrow.”
Obviously, this is a very frustrating turn of events for all involved and we wish Tierney all the best while he’s holed up. It does feel like the gods are conspiring against him at international level, he’s only played once for his country since 2018.
With a host of players away for the next 10 days, we’re bracing ourselves for similar news from elsewhere.