Tierney has missed Arsenal’s last six games with a knee injury, but wasn’t deemed fit enough to be named in the squad for the Gunners’ Premier League clash away at Newcastle on Sunday.
The Scotsman has struggled to shake off regular injuries since he swapped Celtic for Arsenal at the beginning of the 2019/20 campaign, with his latest spell on the side-lines coming at a crucial time for the Gunners, who would desperately love to see the left-back return in time for Thursday’s game.
However, Mikel Arteta revealed to the press ahead of Sunday’s game at Newcastle that Tierney is yet to return to full training and is unlikely to be ready in time for Emery’s return to the Emirates.
“They [Tierney and Lacazette] haven’t trained with us yet,” Arteta told Sky Sports ahead of the Newcastle match.
The Frenchman is one of the main reasons Arsenal progressed to the last four of the Europa League after his heroics away at Slavia Prague, the striker bagged a brace in Prague in the second leg.
However, Arsenal’s number nine sustained a hamstring injury in the disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Fulham a fortnight ago which saw him miss the home defeat to Everton and the first leg of the Villarreal clash.
Arteta explained after the Newcastle victory that Lacazette, like Tierney is yet to return to full training and Thursday night’s high stakes clash could come too soon for the forward.
David Luiz limped out of action after appearing to aggravate his left hamstring, the Brazilian international looked extremely frustrated as he was helped off by the club physio just before the hour mark at St James Park.
Luiz had only returned from surgery on his knee recently, with his first start since the operation coming this afternoon at Newcastle.