By Alan Hutton
Alan Hutton has insisted Mikel Arteta will stick by Kieran Tierney at Arsenal despite his injury problems.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Tottenham and Aston Villa right-back said that once Tierney gets a run of games under his belt he will be “absolutely fine”.
The 25-year-old started Scotland’s 2-1 Nations League win over Ireland on Saturday (24 September), but was subbed off just before half time with a head injury.
As quoted by The Sun (25 September), Scotland boss Steve Clarke said Tierney was subbed off in the Ireland game as a precaution.
Arsenal confirmed on the same day that the left-back had returned to the club early.
Tierney missed 13 games for the Gunners last season because of injury problems.
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But Hutton insisted there is no cause for concern with the defender.
“He’s just been a little bit unlucky,” he told Football Insider.
“I feel for him because he was outstanding against Ukraine the first time.
“It was a head knock [against Ireland] but I’m not sure. I was at the game and I was still wondering what happened. He looked a little bit dazed and that the doctor had taken no chances with him. Depending on the protocols we’ll need to wait and see how long he has to sit out for. I don’t see it being a problem, he just needs a run of games.
“The problem with Kieran Tierney is, because of these wee niggly injuries he’s been in, out and then back in and out again. He’s not really given his body the time to get back to match pace for ten plus games. I think when he gets there he’ll be absolutely fine.
“He’s an outstanding, talented young player. He’s got plenty of time on his hands he just needs to make sure his body is right.”
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By Alan Hutton