Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney is aiming to resume full training later this week, the Gunners have confirmed.
The 23-year-old was named in Mikel Arteta’s starting XI for Arsenal’s Premier League meeting with West Ham on Saturday.
However, he was withdrawn at the last minute due to muscular discomfort and replaced by Sead Kolasinac as the Gunners ran out 2-1 winners at the Emirates Stadium.
Given Tierney’s injury issues in his maiden Arsenal season, there was concern amongst Gunners fans over the left-back’s fitness.
Many Arsenal fans were pleased with the update and hoped Tierney would be back for the Liverpool game next Monday:
Need to start praying now that he’s fit for the Liverpool game!
— FJ (@atetrAlekiM) September 22, 2020
We need you @kierantierney1 asap.
— PassionateGunner (@10Tolis10) September 22, 2020
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS, Premier league strikers in the mud 👊, he is back 🐐
— Saliba. (@SalibaEra_) September 22, 2020
— Ore – AFC. (@Ore_TheBoss) September 22, 2020
Thank the heavens
— Jess (@JessLouiseF) September 22, 2020
It’s paramount that he stays fit for our hopes for the season. We missed him sorely against West Ham. He is a crucial player in the squad.
— unbiased user (@theunbiaseduser) September 22, 2020
Oh my god we need tierney against Liverpool this week real bad. My heart cannot bear watching kola defending against salah
— faisal bukan faizal (@fslchaa) September 22, 2020
Tierney pls be ready for MNF. I’m begging pls take all the rest you need and be ready. U don’t even need to training!
— Folarin Olawale (@foliray) September 22, 2020
Good to hear. Was sorely missed versus West Ham
— Gunner Thoughts (@gunner_thoughts) September 22, 2020
Tierney joined Arsenal last summer from Celtic in a reported £25million deal, arriving at the Emirates Stadium to much fanfare given his heroics for the Scottish Premiership team.
However, the Scotland international – who was nursing a hip problem when he joined the Gunners – made just 12 senior appearances prior to the suspension of English football.
Tierney put his prior woes firmly behind him after the restart, featuring in every game and becoming one of the first names on Arteta’s teamsheet, either at left wing-back or centre-back.