Update on Kieren Tierney’s calf injury
Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney is expected to be in contention for Monday’s meeting with Newcastle United after analyzes suggested his calf injury was not as serious as feared.
The Scotsman missed Thursday’s 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace after being injured in preparation for the game, after which manager Mikel Arteta admitted Tierney needed an MRI to determine the severity of the problem.
It raised concerns that Tierney tore his calf muscle – which would have kept him out for a significant period of time – but Athletic’s David Ornstein revealed that the first scans were reassuring.
There is no indication of the exact type of injury Tierney suffered, but it is believed the 23-year-old may even be back in action on Monday, when Newcastle travel to Emirates Stadium.
Even if Tierney doesn’t turn back on time, the fact that he will likely be back in the near future will be a huge boost for Arteta, who has seen the pressure come off his shoulders with good results in recent weeks.
Tierney has been one of Arsenal’s most notable performers during their resurgence, and it is no coincidence that the Gunners’ four-game winning streak ended with him against the team against Palace.
With Sead Kolasinac shipped to Schalke on loan, Arteta was forced to turn to all-round winger Ainsley Maitland-Niles for the Palace game, but now it looks like Tierney could reclaim his space soon enough.
However, one player who is ready for a fate on the sidelines is center-back Pablo Mari, who suffered a calf injury in training and also missed the Palace game.
Mari was replaced in the starting lineup by David Luiz, but Arteta also welcomed Gabriel Magalhaes to training after the Brazilian defeated COVID-19.
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