Bad news for Mikel Arteta, Arsenal coach: his left-back Kieran Tierney will be out for between four and six weeks due to a knee injury and the coach assured that he does not know if he will be able to play again in the season, not even the European Championship with his selection, Scotland. For this Thursday against Slavia Prague in the first leg of the quarter, it is doubtless Martin Odegaard, on loan from Real Madrid.
Tierney, 23, injured his left knee ligaments last Saturday before the break against Liverpool (who beat the Gunners 3-0 at the Emirates) but will not have to be operated on. It is a great blow, because the winger was being fundamental in the creation of the offensive game.
About Tierney, his rehabilitation and his return, Arteta said that “we will have to go day by day, see how he feels, how he evolves in the coming weeks, to decide, he would like to play with us again this season and with Scotland in the European Championship. ”.
Regarding the 22-year-old Odegaard, Arteta said that “he has a sore right ankle” since he returned from his games with Norway and will undergo further tests this Wednesday. David Luiz is out, but the Basque coach recovers Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Granit Xhaka.
Slavia, which Arsenal receives, eliminated Leicester and Rangers from this Europa League. Arteta said about the Czech team: “It is a strong team, undefeated in their league. He is always in the party. Difficult, brave and with a 'top' attitude all the time ”.