Mikel Arteta has confirmed Kieran Tierney will miss the rest of Arsenal’s season with a knee injury.
Kieran Tierney is set to miss the rest of Arsenal’s season with the defender set to undergo knee surgery.
There are also doubts over whether the 24-year-old will be fit in time for Scotland’s World Cup qualification scheduled for June.
Tierney was left out of Arsenal’s squad in their 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace on Monday, with Arteta claiming that his injury was “not looking good”.
The Gunners boss added that the left-back returned to the club having picked up the knee injury during his exploits for Scotland over the recently-concluded international break.
A statement from Arsenal read: “A specialist consultation took place on Tuesday, and as a result of further discussions with Kieran and our medical team, it has been decided that Kieran requires surgery to his knee. This procedure will take place in London in the forthcoming days.
“Kieran’s rehabilitation programme will start immediately after his surgery, at which stage a clearer understanding will be established on his recovery timescale. However, it is likely that Kieran will now miss the remainder of this season.
“Everyone at the club will now be supporting and working hard with Kieran to get him back on the pitch as soon as possible.”
Prior to the loss to Palace, Tierney had started Arsenal’s previous 14 Premier League fixtures, and has made 25 appearances across competitions this season.
Nuno Tavares filled in for the Scot in the loss but Arteta hauled him off at the break, leaving several questions to be asked of Arsenal’s defence as they continue to challenge for a top-four spot.
Arsenal are next up against Brighton and Southampton before two massive fixtures against Chelsea and Manchester United.