It’s coming up to a month since Kieran Tierney last featured for Arsenal and the Scot continues to be hampered by injury problems.
Yesterday, the Gunners medical team said the left-back was responding well to treatment on a persistent strain to his right lower leg, however, today, Mikel Arteta has revealed the player is also being hampered by a knee problem.
Tierney isn’t taking part in full training sessions at the moment and is definitely out of this weekend’s match against Leeds. Being realistic, with four games in the next 11 days including a double-header with Benfica in the Europa League and a visit from Manchester City, there’s a high chance he could miss a significant chunk of February’s schedule.
“We have to see how the knee reacts when he starts to get a little bit more load,” said Arteta on Friday morning.
“He hasn’t done much yet. He’s very positive at the moment, he’s in great spirits. He’s desperate to get back on the team and we’ll see in the next few days.
“The moment he starts to train a little bit more with the team we’ll see how that knee is feeling and reacts to the load.”
Arteta went on to bemoan the fact that injuries have hampered his ability to regularly field his best team.
“To be fair, I’m getting used to it because we’re missing so many players all the time.
“I don’t remember the last time we were able to play the same starting XI two times [in a row], three I can’t even think about it. It is what it is.
“The players are making huge efforts, even the ones that are injured are willing to come back to play and this is what we demand from them. The ones that are on the pitch, they have to give their best and make it difficult for the ones who want to get back in and that’s what we’re trying to do.”