Arsenal’s top four hopes have been dealt another blow, with the news their star full-back, Kieran Tierney is likely to miss the remainder of the season.
The Scottish international is to undergo surgery in the coming days, the Gunners confirmed.
The 24-year-old suffered the injury during a training session last week, meaning he missed the team’s 3-0 defeat against Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Monday night.
Tierney has played 22 times for Arsenal, who currently sit fifth in the table.
Arsenal did not confirm a timescale for the players return, but did state they would understand better, following surgery, but they do believe he will not return this season.
Tierney will hope that he can possibly return before Scotland play in their FIFA World Cup play-off against Ukraine in June, with the player being integral to Steve Clarke’s team.
Thomas Partey has aggravated a thigh problem in Monday’s game at Selhurst Park, he will be assessed this week, but the hope is he will not miss time, unlike Tierney.
In better news for Gunner’s fans, fellow full-back Takehiro Tomeyasu is to resume training next week, with a hope to playing a part in the rest of the year. He has been out for two months with a calf injury.
Arsenal still have to play Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and West Ham United this season. All three teams are around them in the table, and also vying for UEFA Champions League places alongside the Gunners.