Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney could be ruled out for up to six weeks with a knee injury.
The club’s official website confirmed the prognosis ahead of the Europa League last 16 tie against Slavia Prague.
At his pre-match press conference, Mikel Arteta said: “We’re gonna have to go day by day. When we get close to playing time and training with the team, depending on how he is we will make that decision.
“We have to make sure that he doesn’t need knee surgery. If that’s the case the time frame will be around (4-6 weeks). It could have been worse but he’s feeling better and the damage is not that bad.”
Tierney has been one of Arsenal’s best players this season and his absence is a major blow to their Europa League hopes.
It could also have repercussions for Scotland ahead of Euro 2020, if Tierney’s injury drags on or ensures he goes into the summer short on match practice.
Arsenal also loaned out potential stand-in left-back options Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sead Kolasinac in January.
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