Scotland boss Steve Clarke believes Kieran Tierney should be fit for his country’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers with Moldova and Denmark and hinted the left-back could even return to Arsenal’s squad on Sunday.
The 24-year-old has been absent from Mikel Arteta’s last three matchday squads after picking up a bruised ankle that has caused him considerable pain when he runs.
Speaking after last weekend’s win over Leicester, the Spaniard wouldn’t put a date on Tierney’s return but Clarke appears optimistic.
“I think Kieran will be on the plane and, if he’s on the plane, he’ll be fit,” Clarke told on Wednesday.
“That’s my opinion but look, you have to respect the club and the club are telling us he’s working his way back to fitness.
“They’re hopeful he could be involved this weekend [against Watford] but if he [only] gets a few days training in, then fine. We don’t play until a week on Friday, so he’s got time on his side. I expect that Kieran will be fit.”
Having lacked cover last season when Tierney picked up knocks, strains and sniffles, the Gunners made a point of recruiting suitable backup. New man Nuno Tavares has made a good impression so far and you suspect Arteta won’t have any qualms fielding the Portuguese defender again against Watford.