Kieran Tierney has returned to Arsenal training and the club’s fan base cannot quite believe their eyes.
The 24-year-old suffered a muscular injury during Scotland’s Euro 2020 campaign, one that ruled him out of his side’s opening day defeat to Czech Republic at Hampden.
However, much to Steve Clarke’s relief, Tierney returned to the XI for their goalless draw with England at Wembley just a few days later and then played in the Croatia defeat the following week.
The Gunners kicked off their pre-season campaign on Tuesday evening with a shock 2-1 loss to Scottish club Hibernian at Easter Road, but the majority of Mikel Arteta’s key players were absent from the squad.
With Euro 2020 and Copa America both finishing at the weekend, players who represented their countries in the respective competitions are entitled to a longer break in order to prepare in the best way possible ahead of the 2021/22 season that gets underway next month.
But Tierney clearly has not listened to that and the fan favourite is already back putting in the hard yards out on the grass, as he confirmed on his Instagram story with an image of him going through the paces.
Arsenal supporters, taking to Twitter, cannot quite believe that their left-back has made such a swift return from the Euros, with some even suggesting he could take part against Rangers on Saturday.
Tierney put pen-to-paper on a new long-term deal at the Emirates Stadium last month, ending any whispers over his commitment to the north London club. After signing the extension, the ex-Celtic defender revealed he was delighted to confirm his stay.
He told the club website: “It feels amazing, firstly when the manager came to me and said he wanted me to extend my deal, because they were happy since I came. It was amazing for me to hear.
“I had a hard first season with injuries, but last season it really picked up for me and the club have been brilliant with me and I’m more than happy to extend it. I’m delighted.”
Source by Football London