Kieran Tierney was withdrawn with an injury after an impressive display for Scotland against Spain on Tuesday, with Manchester City’s Rodri purportedly involved again.
Arsenal fans were up in arms over Manchester City midfielder Rodri over the weekend, as the Spanish international flew into a dangerous challenge on Martin Odegaard – who fortunately escaped unscathed and disappointed only not to get a penalty.
Rodri was involved in an incident with an Arsenal man once again in his second game of the break, this time catching Kieran Tierney as Spain faced Scotland.
The Scottish defender was later withdrawn, though it doesn’t seem the clash with Rodri actually had anything to do with it.
According to Football Scotland, Tierney sustained a calf injury with the national side, whereas Rodri caught him on the foot with his studs.
It’s not impossible for a muscle injury to occur as a player tries to adjust their body in response to a kick, but it’s probably a bit of a leap to suggest that’s what happened here.
Either way, it’s a concern for Arsenal that Tierney had to come off early, particularly when he was playing so well.
Operating as a left-centre-back against Spain, Tierney helped Scotland to keep a clean sheet and was heavily involved in their second goal.
Arsenal are blessed in the left-back position, with Oleksandr Zinchenko available to continue his run as a starter in that role.
Yet it’s going to be important to have options in the final 10 games of the season, particularly considering Zinchenko has already suffered injury setbacks of his own this campaign.
In a couple of positive signs, Tierney was seen celebrating Scotland’s win on the pitch after the game, and he didn’t go down the tunnel after his initial substitution.
We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed he’s alright, but the suggestion from Football Scotland is that his involvement on Saturday is unlikely.