Injury expert warns of 'smoke and mirrors' as Arsenal confirmed Tierney update
Mikel Arteta’s update on Kieran Tierney’s injury at Arsenal should not be taken as gospel.
So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Tierney has now sat out the Gunners’ last three matches with an ankle problem, including the 2-0 defeat to Leicester City on 30 October.
As quoted by football.london on the eve of that match, Arsenal boss Arteta told reporters that the 24-year-old left-back “feels better”.
But the Scotland star failed to make the matchday squad and Arteta later revealed he is “still struggling”, as per the Glasgow Times on 1 November.
Dinnery claims Arteta may have used misdirection to gain the element of surprise in his team selection against the Foxes last Saturday.
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“It’s one of those where he will be assessed on a day-to-day basis,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“We have seen Tierney take part in team training, but he’s yet to complete a full session. He has complained of discomfort and pain.
“We heard from Arteta last Friday morning and he sounded cautiously optimistic that he’d be involved in the match against Leicester.
“However, this might have been a bit of smoke and mirrors. Maybe in the back of his mind, he thought Tierney might not have recovered.
“There was a slight indication that Arteta wasn’t entirely confident because Nuno Tavares was on the bench in the League Cup against Leeds.
“Now, Arteta has come out and said that he isn’t able to train with the squad and we don’t know when he will be.”