Arsenal have received an update on Kieran Tierney’s injury.
Preparing for Thursday’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace, Thomas Partey and Gabriel Magalhaes not being present for Arsenal wasn’t the biggest concern.
At left-back it was Ainsley Maitland-Niles who was tasked with filling in, after the Gunners’ Scotsman was deemed unfit to face the Eagles.
Kieran Tierney is invaluable to Arsenal, which was shown when he was chosen to face Newcastle in the recent FA Cup victory. Were it known in advance that the game would last the full 120 minutes, there is doubt he would have been chosen at all.
Left out of the squad on Thursday due to muscle tightness, a decision was made to not force the pivotal 23-year-old out of the squad for an extended period of time by aggravating the problem. Still, even after missing the 0-0 draw, Mikel Arteta stated that a scan was needed to assess the full extent of his injury.
As per The Athletic, an update has been given on the matter, one which offers positive news ahead of Monday’s clash.
"“Kieran Tierney’s injury is thought not to be serious and the Arsenal left-back could be available for their next Premier League game against Newcastle United on Monday.“The Athletic understands he has not suffered a muscle tear and may be fit for Newcastle’s visit.”"
The loan departure of Sead Kolasinac to Schalke 04 was warmly received by all of an Arsenal affiliation, as the Bosnian’s performances have deteriorated gradually since the moment he first donned the red and white on his goalscoring debut.
A six-month loan deal that is hoped to end up in a permanent sale, losing the left-back prompted a change in the squad hierarchy. Maitland-Niles has seemingly since been promoted to backup left-back, a position he isn’t comfortable in but has occupied previously.
More suited to a wing-back role, he looked rusty and off the pace on the evening, making Tierney’s absence all the more telling. The full-back has played in all bar two of the Gunners’ Premier League matches this season, and poses a considerable upgrade on any other options for his position.
Facing Steve Bruce‘s side on Monday, a fixture that is set to pose similar low block difficulties, his relentlessly forward-thinking approach will be a vital tool to pick the Magpies’ lock.