Arsenal’s summer signing Kieran Tierney has been fancied to make a quicker return from his groin injury for which he has already undergone an operation, a report from Football.London claims.
The Scotland international underwent a double hernia surgery shortly after the end of the previous campaign with Celtic and he was always expected to miss the beginning of the 2019/2020 season irrespective of his club future.
In recent weeks, Tierney has been going through an individual training programme alongside the likes of Hector Bellerin and Dinos Mavropanos to build up his fitness, and it appears that he could make a speedier recovery than initially predicted.
The month of October has been earmarked as a potential timeline for the left-back to make his Gunners debut but Football.London states that he may come into first-team contention ahead of schedule.
Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac are presently the options available for the left-back duties and the former has been the regular under Unai Emery since the start of the current league campaign.
However, Monreal seems to be keen on making the return to the Spanish La Liga before the European transfer deadline and his departure may leave the Gunners with just Kolasinac as the specialist left-back.
While Kolasinac has impressed with the attacking and physical aspect of his game, he has lacked the accuracy in terms of getting crosses in the box while being defensive vulnerable at certain phases.
This concern should be solved with the availability of Tierney, though the 22-year-old will require some time to adapt to the demands of the Premier League. Kolasinac may feature at left-back in the weekend’s north London derby with the uncertainty over Monreal’s future.
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