Kieran Tierney is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury during Real Sociedad’s 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.
The 26-year-old pulled up midway through the first half and left the Reale Arena on crutches.
In a statement after the game, Sociedad confirmed: “Kieran Tierney suffered, during yesterday’s match, an injury to the hamstring muscles of his left thigh. Treatment through physiotherapy has begun. The return to his activities will be progressive, depending on the characteristics of the injury and the evolution of the symptoms.”
While his loan club haven’t confirmed the extent of the damage, TeamTalk reports the player could be out for as long as three months. That would potentially mean not playing until 2024. Spanish publication AS says it’ll be a minimum of a month out.
Tierney had featured five times for Sociedad (making one assist) since moving to the Basque country on loan at the end of the transfer window. He seemed to be settling pretty well so this development will come as a real blow.
It’s not good news for his country either with the player likely to miss the upcoming and November Interlulls.
Tierney’s injury comes a week after fellow loanee Sambi Lokonga suffered a thigh problem at Luton that has ruled him out for two months. While Arsenal’s mini-injury crisis is starting to ease, it’s not gone unnoticed that other players who spent the summer at London Colney are also dropping like flies.