Arsenal Defender Kieran Tierney may be forced to miss his next match with Manchester City after being informed that he has to be isolated for 14 days after he comes into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Tierney is on international duty with Scotland, where he met Southampton-based Stuart Armstrong, who was the only member of the squad to test positive for the virus.
As BBC Sport noted, Armstrong is insulated and the decision was taken to keep both Tierney and Celtic Ryan Christie in isolation as well as to mark them as close contacts of the Southampton man.
The trio would all miss Scotland’s upcoming meetings with Israel, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic, but more worryingly for Arsenal fans, a 14-day isolation period will mean that Tierney will be unavailable for the Gunners’ clash with City on October 17.
The decision came as a shock to both Arsenal and Tierney, who announced in a joint statement on the club’s official website that they were reviewing the matter and whether the 23-year-old still wanted to be isolated.
The statement said: “Our medical team stated that Kieran was socially distant from the player who tested positive at all times and did not violate any rules about the COVID-19 protocols. We are currently seeking more advice and clarity on the specifics.”
Tierney added: “I am so saddened and upset to be in this situation. I have complied with all the regulations and I have made sure that I am socially distanced from my colleagues in the hotel. I have also tested negative. I know that Arsenal and the SFA are now in talks with the Scottish authorities to obtain more understanding.”