Kieran Tierney says he has tested negative for coronavirus as Arsenal and the Scottish Football Association liase over the best course of action for the player.
Tierney and team-mate Ryan Christie has been told to self-isolate for 14 days, starting yesterday (October 6) having been in close contract with Southampton’s Stuart Armstrong, who tested positive for COVID-19, during Scotland’s preparations for their international matches in the coming days.
The self-isolation period would rule him out not only for Scotland’s games against Israel, Slovakia and the Czech Republic but also Arsenal’s trip to Manchester City after the international break. Losing Tierney would be a cruel blow for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta, who values the Scot’s versatility in his defence.
Arsenal say their medical team have confirmed that Tierney was socially distant from Armstrong at all times and has not broken any COVID-19 protocols.
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Tierney said: “I’m so disappointed and frustrated to be in this situation. I have adhered to all regulations and made sure I was socially distancing from my team mates in the hotel. I’ve also tested negative.
“I know Arsenal and the SFA are now in discussions with the Scottish authorities to gain a further understanding.”
Ian Maxwell, Scottish FA Chief Executive said: “We will maintain constant dialogue with Dr John MacLean [chief medical consultant for the national team] to ensure that those who are required to self-isolate are given the full support of the Scottish FA in conjunction with their clubs.
“Equally, the protocols and procedures in place are designed to ensure that the remaining members of the squad – who have all returned two rounds of negative tests – can continue to prepare for the forthcoming matches in a safe and secure environment.”