Arsenal have confirmed that Takehiro Tomiyasu will miss Arsenal’s matches with Brighton and Southampton as he continues to work his way back to full fitness following a series of calf problems.
Mikel Arteta had sounded optimistic about the Japan international rejoining full training when he faced the media last week but the club have now said that won’t happen for another 11 days at least. The centre-back has only featured just once since Christmas.
The update says: “Takehiro is making progress in his recovery from a muscle injury to his left calf, which he sustained in February. Takehiro had successfully recovered from a muscle injury sustained to his right calf in January. It is hoped Takehiro will be back in full training after the match at Southampton on Saturday, April 16.”
Realistically, we have to assume he’s a doubt for both the Chelsea and Manchester United matches towards the end of the month.
Having limped off in last night’s disappointing 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace, there are also doubts over Thomas Partey’s short-term availability. He continues to be monitored by the medical team after ‘aggravating his thigh’.
Finally, the club have revealed that Kieran Tierney requires surgery on his left knee and is likely to miss the remainder of the season. They won’t put a definitive timeline on the left-back’s recovery period until he undergoes the procedure tomorrow.
Not only will the defender miss the final nine games of the Premier League season, he’s also set to miss Scotland’s crunch World Cup play-off with Ukraine which has been pushed back to June.
Best wishes to all three players with their recovery.