Arsenal fan favourite excluded from national team after

Real Sociedad’s Scottish defender #17 Kieran Tierney fights for the ball with Athletic Bilbao’s Spanish midfielder #21 Ander Herrera during the Spanish Liga football match between Real Sociedad and Athletic Club Bilbao at the Anoeta stadium in San Sebastian on September 30, 2023. (Photo by CESAR MANSO/AFP via Getty Images)

Kieran Tierney was left out of Steve Clarke’s most recent Scotland squad for the October internationals, with the manager admitting the Arsenal loanee would be a big miss for the side.

“We will miss him but I know Kieran, he will work as hard as he can to get back as quickly as possible, and we will be there to support him, and hopefully we are waiting on the other side for him as well with some good news,” Clarke said.

Tierney is absent with a hamstring issue, with Real Sociedad boss Imanol Alguacil admitting it’s a serious injury.

“Kieran has suffered a major muscle tear,” Alguacil said. “It’s a shame. It’s a significant injury, but it’s not an extraordinary one.

“What I always say, each player is different and so is the recovery time.

“Time will tell when he will return, but it was a classic muscle tear that will take him time to recover from. But he will recover and we hope as soon as possible.”

VALENCIA, SPAIN: Kieran Tierney of Real Sociedad reacts during the LaLiga EA Sports match between Valencia CF and Real Sociedad at Estadio Mestalla on September 27, 2023. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)
VALENCIA, SPAIN: Kieran Tierney of Real Sociedad reacts during the LaLiga EA Sports match between Valencia CF and Real Sociedad at Estadio Mestalla on September 27, 2023. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

AS report that Tierney will be out for around a month, with no possibility of a return before the international break.

The Spanish outlet carry quotes from a Real Sociedad statement, saying: “Kieran Tierney suffered, during yesterday’s game, an injury to the hamstring muscles of his left thigh.

“He has started treatment through physiotherapy. His return to activities will be progressive, depending on the characteristics of the injury and the evolution of the symptoms.”

VALENCIA, SPAIN: Carlos Fernandez of Real Sociedad celebrates with team mate Kieran Tierney after scoring their side's first goal during the LaLiga EA Sports match between Valencia CF and Real Sociedad at Estadio Mestalla on September 27, 2023. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)
VALENCIA, SPAIN: Carlos Fernandez of Real Sociedad celebrates with teammate Kieran Tierney after scoring their side’s first goal during the LaLiga EA Sports match between Valencia CF and Real Sociedad at Estadio Mestalla on September 27, 2023. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

The timing of the injury is certainly a shame, with Tierney catching the eye with a clever assist in his last full game before the injury.

It looks like it will be a while before the 26-year-old gets another chance to show what he can do on the pitch.



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