Arsenal suffer injury blow as Kieran Tierney is ruled out of Scotland’s Euro 2020 October qualifiers

Arsenal suffer injury blow as Kieran Tierney is ruled out of Scotland’s Euro 2020 October qualifiers
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Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney has been ruled out of Scotland’s upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers.

The 22-year-old made his Gunners debut in last week’s 5-0 Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest after recovering from a groin injury.

Kieran Tierney made his long-awaited Arsenal debut last week

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Kieran Tierney made his long-awaited Arsenal debut last week

But The Sun say Tierney, who joined Arsenal for £25million from Celtic in the summer, has suffered a setback.

Subsequently, Scotland boss Steve Clarke has left him out of his squad to face Russia and San Marino in crucial Euro 2020 qualifiers this month.

Clarke said: “I was close to selecting Kieran. Arsenal have indicated to us they would prefer us not to select him at this time because he has only played 70 minutes.”

Realistically, Scotland need to win both matches to have any chance of featuring in next summer’s tournament.

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Tierney missed Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Manchester United on Monday and is a doubt to play in Thursday’s Europa League clash with Standard Liege.

Despite the injury blow to the Scot, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin, who both suffered serious knee injuries last season, are available for selection.

Last week, Emery spoke about his delight of having Tierney, Holding and Bellerin at his disposal.

He said: “It’s amazing news.

“It was amazing to see the people’s reaction to Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin, who played his first 15 minutes.

“It was a great moment. We can be a better competitive team with them. For us having every player available is the perfect moment.

“We are really happy with Hector, Rob and Kieran.”