Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney expected to miss three months with dislocated shoulder

Kieran Tierney
Kieran Tierney is set for a long spell on the sidelines (Picture: Getty Images)

Kieran Tierney dislocated his shoulder on Monday night and although Arsenal are currently assessing his injury, he could be set for three months out with the injury.

The Scotland international suffered the injury during the 3-1 win over West Ham in the Premier League, being substituted for Sead Kolasinac just 29 minutes into the contest.

The club confirmed the news on Wednesday that Tierney’s shoulder had been dislocated, adding that he is, ‘currently undergoing further assessment and investigations.’

While the Gunners are yet to provide their own predicted timescale for the full-back, he is likely to require surgery and could be out of action until March as a result.

The 22-year-old arrived at the Emirates from Celtic for £25m over the summer and has already displayed worrying signs of being injury-prone.

He didn’t make his Arsenal debut until 24 September as he recovered from the hernia operation he underwent in May.

Since then he has managed just five Premier League appearances for the Gunners and is not unlikely to improve on that for months to come.

The youngster has suffered a range of injuries in his short career already, having missed matches for Celtic with ankle ligament, hip and past shoulder problems.

Arsenal are struggling with injuries ahead of their Europa League clash with Standard Liege on Thursday, with Hector Bellerin pulling out with a hamstring strain.

Nicolas Pepe has a bruised knee, Granit Xhaka suffered concussion against West Ham, while Dani Ceballos and Rob Holding have hamstring and knee issues respectively.

Nicolas Pepe
Nicolas Pepe is out of action on Thursday (Picture: PA Wire)

The Gunners have not officially qualified for the knockout stages, but are in prime position to do so as they just need to avoid a heavy defeat in Belgium.

A draw would confirm their progression, while a win would guarantee top spot.

‘It’s a very important game for us. We know what’s at stake. They probably need to win the game,’ said interim manager Freddie Ljungberg.

‘We play a lot of games. Sometimes we have to change. We have a lot of respect for the game. We don’t take it lightly. We want to win and get a result.’

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