Arsenal have confirmed that Kieran Tierney will be sidelined for between four to six weeks after sustaining ligament damage to his left knee in Saturday’s defeat to Liverpool.
The Scotland international won’t undergo surgery but he will miss the majority of games between now and the end of the season. News of the injury comes as a huge blow for the Gunners who don’t actually have bona fide cover in the left-back position.
Right-footed Cedric is the most obvious option while Bukayo Saka, returning from a hamstring issue, could also move back from his more advanced position. Given David Luiz’s absence for the next few weeks, the boss has some rejigging to do in defence.
Ahead of Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final first-leg clash with Slavia Prague, the Gunners also confirmed that Martin Odegaard is a doubt due to an ankle knock picked up on international duty. The Real Madrid loanee did play against Liverpool at the weekend but was apparently struggling with discomfort.
In better news, Emile Smith Rowe and Granit Xhaka will be available. The England under-21 international has recovered from a hip problem while the Switzerland international is no longer unwell.