Major blow for Arsenal as defender ‘likely’ to miss rest of Premier League season with knee injury

 

Arsenal suffer a major injury blow as defender Kieran Tierney is likely to miss the rest of the Premier League season with a left knee injury. The Scotland left-back will undergo surgery in the “forthcoming days”, a club statement confirmed.

24-year old Tierney, suffered the injury during a training session last week and missed Monday’s 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace. He has played 22 league games this season for the North London side, who sit fifth in the table, outside the Champions League places on goal difference.

The need for surgery, after consultation with a specialist, also casts doubt on Tierrney’s availability for Scotland’s World Cup qualification play-off against Ukraine in June.

Arsenal said “a clearer understanding will be established on his recovery timescale” post-surgery, but they expected him to miss the remainder of the campaign.

Meanwhile, fellow Gunners defender Takehiro Tomiyasu should resume training in a fortnight after being sidelined for two months with a calf injury.

Midfielder Thomas Partey, however, aggravated a thigh problem in the loss at Selhurst Park and will have to assessed before Brighton’s visit to Emirates Stadium this weekend.

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