Kieran Tierney injury: Is he fit for Liverpool?

Kieran Tierney dropped out of the Arsenal starting line up against West Ham with a reported hip problem which brings back memories of the problems he suffered at Celtic and arrived at Arsenal with.

Arsenal's Scottish defender Kieran Tierney controls the ball during the English FA Cup semi-final football match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium in London, on July 18, 2020. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s Scottish defender Kieran Tierney controls the ball during the English FA Cup semi-final football match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium in London, on July 18, 2020. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / POOL / AFP)

Kieran Tierney was expected to feature for Arsenal against West Ham and was named in the starting lineup but as the sides warmed up, Tierney headed down the tunnel and was replaced by Sead Kolasinac.

Sky Sports added it was a ‘tight hip’.

Speaking after the game, Mikel Arteta was reassuring with his update. “Kieran is fine,” he said. “He had a little muscular discomfort in the last few days. He tried today and worked in the warm-up but he wasn’t feeling comfortable today.

“We could not control it. We believed that he was going to be fit but during the warm-up, in the last 10 minutes, he said he wasn’t feeling OK. We had to make a decision. We were prepared just in case and Kola came on and had a good game.”

The good news is that Arsenal have confirmed that Tierney is back in full training giving hope he will be available to start against Liverpool at Anfield on Monday night.

Kieran Tierney injuries

When Arsenal first signed Tierney he was struggling with a stubborn hernia problem that required surgery and delayed his return a number of times.

Back in August 2019, Neil Lennon expected him back within ‘one to two weeks’ before Arsenal confirmed it would be more like two months after he signed.

I said at the time this was an injury that was worth keeping an eye on. As Lennon explained, “He had a double hernia and he still has the Osteitis pubis problem so it’s a slow burner that one.”

‘Osteitis pubis’ is an ‘uncommon cause of pain in the groin and pelvis,’ and it occurs ‘when there is inflammation of the pubic symphysis, the joint of the two major pelvic bones at the front of the pelvis.’

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: Nicolas Pepe takes on Kieran Tierney of Arsenal during the Arsenal Training Session at London Colney on September 12, 2019 in St Albans, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
ST ALBANS, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 12: Nicolas Pepe takes on Kieran Tierney of Arsenal during the Arsenal Training Session at London Colney on September 12, 2019 in St Albans, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Rather worryingly, it is claimed that treatment of this condition can take ‘several months or longer’ before it completely settles down.

“The most important treatment for osteitis pubis is rest,” writes Very Well Health. “Because inflammation is the problem, the body needs the joint to rest in order to heal properly.”

Tierney has missed 39 games since the start of December 2018 with hip and groin problems.