Kieran Tierney was only suffering from cramp during the Arsenal match on Thursday, despite the initial concerns of a more serious injury.
After an encouraging performance for 70 minutes of Arsenal’s victory over Southampton, Kieran Tierney left the pitch after seemingly suffering an injury.
That immediately sent Arsenal fans into a panic, given the left-back’s recent fitness record. However, Goal journalist Charles Watts quickly allayed some of those fears by reporting on something he overhead the player say after coming off.
Yeah, Tierney’s just said “it’s just cramp” when asked by Reiss Nelson if he was alright.
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) June 25, 2020
If second-hand information overheard near the player benches isn’t enough for you, Mikel Arteta gave a longer update after the match. Once again, he suggested the problem was cramp, partly brought on by the weather.
“Kieran was cramping,” Arteta told Arsenal.com. “He hasn’t played two games together in the last seven or eight months and he was suffering. The weather is different to Scotland and he needs to adapt to it.”
You do feel for Tierney a bit. The English weather is already warmer than Scotland, then add in the fact we’re deep into June, it was a sunny day and he spent the whole first-half playing directly in the rays of that sunlight.
Thankfully, Arsenal write that he’s “available for selection” for Sunday’s match against Sheffield United. Whilst you’d think he might get a rest, it’s good to have the option, at least from the bench.