Arsenal provide Kieran Tierney and Martin Odegaard injury updates ahead of Slavia Prague clash

Kieran Tierney suffered knee ligament damage during Arsenal's defeat against Liverpool
Kieran Tierney suffered knee ligament damage during Arsenal’s defeat against Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal will be without Kieran Tierney for Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final first leg tie against Slavia Prague, while playmaker Martin Odegaard is also a major doubt.

The former Celtic star played three times for Scotland during the recent international break and featured from the start against Liverpool on Saturday upon the resumption of Premier League action.

Tierney, who has been one of Arsenal’s few star performer’s this term, was injured in a challenge with James Milner shortly before half-time and was unable to continue.

The 23-year-old didn’t train with his teammates on Wednesday and the club have now confirmed he has suffered ligament damage in his left knee, but claimed that surgery would not be required.

Asked about the likelihood of his first-choice left-back playing again this season, Mikel Arteta said: ‘I don’t know. We will have to go day by day, when we get close and depending how he’s feeling, we will make that decision. He is keen to play for us again this season and obviously his country in the Euros.

Arsenal will assess Martin Odegaard's ankle injury ahead of Thursday's Europa League clash against Slavia Prague
Arsenal will assess Martin Odegaard’s ankle injury ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash against Slavia Prague (Picture: Getty)

Playmaker Odegaard, meanwhile, has been nursing an ankle knock since playing for Norway last month and will be assessed ahead of what could prove a decisive fixture for beleagured Arsenal manager Arteta.

On-loan Real Madrid midfielder Odegaard has impressed since making a temporary switch to the north London club in January and has started 10 of Arsenal’s last 12 matches in all competitions.

Arteta will also be without David Luiz, who underwent a successful procedure on a knee injury earlier this week, but the news on Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe is more encouraging.

Both players missed the chastening 3-0 defeat against Liverpool at the weekend but have subsequently returned to full training.

Saka has been nursing a hamstring strain which prevented him from playing for England during their recent World Cup qualifiers, while Smith Rowe was forced to pull out of the Under-21 squad with a quad injury.

The duo, who were central to Arsenal’s short-lived resurgence around the turn of the year, are both available for selection, while Granit Xhaka is almost certain to return to the starting XI after recovering from illness.

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