Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney will be out of action for at least a month after injuring his knee against Liverpool on Saturday.
Tierney was forced to limp during the 3-0 loss at Emirates Stadium and Arsenal’s initial fears were that he would be out for a few weeks.
The left-back has undergone a new evaluation and will be out of the game for up to six weeks, but does not need surgery.
When asked about the injury on Wednesday, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta declined to say whether Tierney will play again this season.
“We have to make sure first that he doesn’t need any surgery, which doesn’t seem like it,” he said.
«The deadline will be that. It could have been worse because the action looks pretty scary, but he looks a little better and the damage wasn’t that bad, so at the end of the day it’s not the bad news that we could have been. waiting.
“We will have to go day by day and see how Kieran feels, then when he gets closer to playing time and how he feels, we will make that decision.”
When asked if he thinks Tierney will be fit for Scotland in the reshuffled final of the European Championship, Arteta added: “It will depend on how things develop in the weeks ahead.”
Tierney’s injury is a major blow to Arsenal and Arteta, and the 23-year-old is the only left back on the Gunners’ team.
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In his absence, Cedric Soares or Bukayo Saka are the most likely candidates to fill the position.
Arsenal will be without Tierney and David Luiz for Thursday’s Europa League quarter-finals with Slavia Prague, and Martin Odegaard could miss as well.
The attacking midfielder has suffered from discomfort in his right ankle since he was on international service and is being evaluated.
In better news, Emile Smith Rowe (hip), Granit Xhaka (sick) and Saka are fit to return for Thursday’s first leg at Emirates Stadium.