Kieran Tierney reveals details of horrific injury as Arsenal defender dislocated shoulder THREE times in ten minutes

Kieran Tierney of Arsenal
Tierney looked in agony as he walked off the pitch against West Ham (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney has opened up on the ‘toughest time’ of his life recovering from the excruciating shoulder injury that has kept him out of action since December.

The 22-year-old struggled with a hernia injury when he first arrived from Celtic but quickly impressed after returning to fitness – though he suffered a serious setback when he dislocated his shoulder during the Gunners’ 3-1 win over West Ham shortly before Christmas.

Tierney has been working his way back from the injury and only just returned to first-team training in the last few weeks.

The Scotland international told Sport Bible: ‘Mentally it was probably the toughest time of my life. In my head I was thinking, “I need an operation now.” I knew.

‘Three times in ten minutes, nobody’s shoulder should be going like that. So in my head as I was lying down I was thinking, “That’s me out for another few months”.

‘I knew that devastation straight away and I think you can see it on my face.’

Kieran Tierney of Arsenal
Tierney back in full training after months out with injury (Picture: Getty Images)

With the emergence of 18-year-old wonderkid Bukayo Saka, Tierney may struggle to earn back his spot at left-back straight away.

The full-back detailed the long road back from his serious injury, and the mental toughness required to keep moving forward.

He added: ‘There is always ways you can improve yourself although it’s not on the pitch or with the ball, you are still improving yourself and your physique and every day you are injured. You are improving your mentality as well.

‘I’ll be watching who is playing in my position, who I’d be playing against and how the team are playing so when I do get integrated back into training games it’s like second nature.

‘I know the way the team play, how they want to play and how the manager wants to do his things.

‘It’s never ideal sitting on the sideline watching but I just want the team to win and be successful.

‘Everybody loves going out and playing football but to be mentally tough and to deal with all these obstacles and hurdles that people throw at you, it’s the hardest part but when you get to the other side it’s the most rewarding part.’

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