Kieran Tierney must miss Arsenal vs Man City amid Covid-19 case in Scotland camp

Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney is set to undergo a 14-day self-isolation period after coming into close contact with a Scotland team-mate who tested positive for Covid-19.

Tierney has joined up with his Scotland team-mates for the latest round of international fixtures, with Steve Clarke’s side taking on Israel in a Euro 2020 qualifier on Thursday night.

However, the Tartan Army have been rocked by news that Stuart Armstrong has been diagnosed with coronavirus – meaning those in close proximity will now need to self-isolate for two weeks.

A statement from the Scottish FA said: “The Scottish FA has been informed that Stuart Armstrong has returned a positive test for COVID-19.

“The midfielder returned a negative test for COVID-19 on arrival at Oriam on Monday but the supplementary UEFA test returned a positive result this morning.

“Stuart will self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the test – Tuesday, 6 October – and will now be unavailable for the forthcoming international matches.

“All other members of the squad have returned negative results. However, the Lothian Health Protection Team have identified two players and two members of the backroom staff as close contacts.

“As a consequence, Kieran Tierney and Ryan Christie – along with one physiotherapist and one masseur – will require to self-isolate for 14 days as of yesterday, and will also miss the forthcoming matches.”

The news comes as a major blow to Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, as Tierney is now set to miss their crunch clash with Manchester City on Saturday 17 October.

It will also be touch and go whether the left-back makes their opening Europa League trip to Rapid Wien on Thursday 22 October, with the Gunners squad likely to travel to Austria earlier in the week.

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Tierney has proven a key member of Arteta’s squad over the past year, playing a crucial part in their FA Cup success during Project Restart.

He has also contributed to Arsenal’s impressive start to the new campaign, which has seen them pick up nine points from their opening four matches.

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