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Arsenal news: Mikel Arteta gives injury update on Kieran Tierney

Kieran Tierney is making his way back to fitness (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Kieran Tierney is making ‘very good progress’ on his return to fitness from a dislocated shoulder, but Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is keen not to rush him back into first team action.

The 22-year-old has been out of action since suffering the painful injury on 9 December against West Ham in the Premier League and was forced to have an operation on his right shoulder.

The left-back has been doing a lot of fitness work, but he is not yet able to take part in contact training due to the nature of the injury.

Arteta has been thoroughly impressed with his attitude to his rehabilitation, but is keen not to push him back early and aggravate the problem.

‘He’s making very good progress but we need to wait for the bone and attachment with the tendon to heal before he can make any contact,’ Arteta told a press conference on Friday.

‘He has been training, his work ethic is incredible, I’ve been really impressed with him. Hopefully we can get him soon but we have to be a little bit patient.’

Tierney is expected to return to full training by the end of the month and could be…