Kieran Tierney admitted he was ‘disappointed and frustrated’ at being placed in self-isolation as he faces missing Arsenal’s clash with Manchester City.
Tierney’s Scotland team-mate Stuart Armstrong, the Southampton ace, tested positive for coronavirus on international duty and was put into self-isolation for 10 dyas from October 6, the date he was tested.
While every other player tested negative for Covid-19, Tierney and Celtic’s Ryan Christie were said to have come in close contact with Armstrong, meaning they will also self-isolate for 14 days as of yesterday.
Tierney is now set to miss the Premier League trip to face Man City and he admitted he was ‘frustrated’ by the situation.
‘I’m so disappointed and frustrated to be in this situation,’ said Tierney.
‘I have adhered to all regulations and made sure I was socially distancing from my team mates in the hotel. I’ve also tested negative.
‘I know Arsenal and the SFA [Scottish Football Association] are now in discussions with the Scottish authorities to gain a further understanding.’
A statement from Arsenal added: ‘The Scottish FA have today announced that Southampton player Stuart Armstrong has returned a positive test for Covid-19 while on international duty with the Scotland men’s national team.
‘Within the announcement, the SFA confirmed that all other members of the squad have returned negative results.
‘However, the Lothian Health Protection Team in Scotland have identified two players and two members of the backroom staff as ‘close contacts’.
‘As a consequence, our defender Kieran Tierney and Celtic player Ryan Christie – along with one physiotherapist and one masseur – have been advised they will require to self-isolate for 14 days as of yesterday (Tuesday, October 8).
‘Our medical team have confirmed that Kieran was socially distant at all times from the player who tested positive and has broken no rules regarding Covid-19 protocols. We are currently seeking further advice and clarification of the details.’
Scotland head coach Steve Clarke said: ‘While this is obviously disappointing news the most important thing is the health and safety of the individuals involved and the wider group,’ Scotland head coach Clarke said.
‘As soon as we were informed of the positive test, the Chief Medical Consultant immediately contacted the Scottish Government’s clinical adviser, who in turn alerted the local Health Protection Team.
‘We have informed the respective clubs from whom we have borrowed the players and backroom staff and we now have to prepare for a huge match ahead tomorrow.’
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