Kieran Tierney explains why he “feared the worst” during Arsenal’s 2020/21 season

Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney has admitted that his injury woes with the Gunners this season made him fear the worst for his participation in the upcoming Euros.

The Scottish defender missed a considerable portion of the domestic season after he suffered a knee injury in early April.

He was originally set to be out for approximately six weeks but fortunately made his return just a month later as Mikel Arteta’s men rounded off the season with four consecutive victories in the Premier League.

Despite his quick recovery, the former Celtic man has conceded that he held concerns over his ability to participate for Scotland at the upcoming European Championships – the nation’s first appearance at the tournament since 1996.

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Talking to Sky Sports at a pre-tournament training camp in Spain, he said: “When I got injured, I feared the worst. I feared my season was over.

“But I worked hard, I worked very hard to get back. I played a European semi-final four-and-half weeks after which is a great recovery time for the injury that I had.

“Usually, it would be about six weeks. But to get so many games in before coming out with Scotland is going to benefit me hopefully.”

Ironically, Tierney is not actually being utilised in his more natural position for Steve Clarke’s men.

With Liverpool defender Andy Robertson assuming the left-wing back role, Tierney is being deployed on the left side of a three-man central defensive set-up – a position that he has actually played for the Gunners on a number of occasions, especially at the beginning of the 2020/21 campaign.

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Whilst admitting that it is probably not his most comfortable role, the 24-year-old has suggested that he is grateful for the selection regardless.

“I am working hard on it,” Tierney continued.. “Obviously, it doesn’t come too natural for me to play centre-back as I have always been high and wide my full career.

“But it is something I have been willing to do for the team. I kind of know when I come with Scotland that I will be playing out of position, so it is basically getting used to it.”

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