Arsenal’s ace fears have been eased after Scotland boss Steve Clarke indicated that the defender is ‘okay’ following a blow to the head.
Ask any football fan for the worst time of the season and international breaks would surely be the most popular answer.
The cut and thrust of domestic action is replaced by an avalanche of mostly dour international football.
There is also the ever-present danger of injuries as players jet off around the world and Arsenal fans are experiencing that dread more than most.
ARSENAL’S KIERAN TIERNEY FEARS HAVE BEEN EASED
Thomas Partey has left the Ghana camp to return to London after an injury concern whilst the likes of Martin Odegaard and Oleksandr Zinchenko have been nursing injuries.
If Arsenal fans could pick any game for players to be fully fit and firing, it would be the next one; Saturday’s home game against bitter rivals Tottenham.
Fans will have therefore feared the worst when Kieran Tierney was substituted in the first half of Scotland’s clash with the Republic of Ireland on Saturday night.
The last thing Arsenal need is an injury to Tierney when Zinchenko is struggling.
Hearts around the red half of North London will have skipped a beat when Tierney trudged off at Hampden Park, nursing a head injury after a challenge with – would you believe it – Tottenham-owned striker Troy Parrott.
Head injuries are starting to be taken seriously in football now and the decision was made for Tierney to go off before suffering any further damage.
Tierney may still make it back to face Tottenham though as Scotland boss Steve Clarke offered an update.
Clarke told The Herald that Tierney is ‘okay’ and was only taken off as a precaution, suggesting that he may well be available for Mikel Arteta next weekend.
“Both of them are okay,” said Clarke on Tierney and fellow full back Aaron Hickey. “We took Kieran off as a precaution,” he added.
Tierney has been cursed with injuries in the past, so going from muscle tweaks to a concussion would have been verging on cruel, but it looks like Arsenal will be given an injury boost after all.