Kieran Tierney will miss Arsenal’s Europa League clash with Sporting Lisbon because he’s feeling unwell.
The Scotland international was tipped to start tomorrow’s match in place of Oleksandr Zinchenko but was absent from first team training this morning ahead of the trip to Portugal.
Having only played 147 minutes of football this year, the timing of this illness will no doubt be frustrating to the full-back who was this week linked with a summer move to Newcastle.
Tierney was on the bench for the 3-2 win over Bournemouth and, strangely for him, was seen sporting a coat, gloves and snood during the stoppage time celebrations. We might be reading too much into it but given he usually foregoes such comforts, perhaps he was already feeling a tad under the weather?
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As expected Leandro Trossard (groin) and Eddie Nketiah (ankle) were also absent from training. However, Gabriel Jesus did take part and could, according to various sources, make the trip to Lisbon.
Whether the Brazil international is fit enough to be part of the squad remains to be seen.
Mikel Arteta faces the press from the Portuguese capital later this evening. It’ll be interesting to see whether he discusses how he plans to reshuffle his pack.