By Frank McAvennie

31st Jul, 2022 | 8:30am

Arsenal 'sceptical' about Kieran Tierney after journalist's injury update - pundit

Frank McAvennie has claimed Arsenal will be “holding back” Kieran Tierney in his return from injury.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former West Ham striker said the club will be “sceptical” about the 25-year-old’s fitness given his injury record.

Tierney suffered a knee injury in April which ruled him out for the remainder of the 2021-22 season.

The Scotland international returned to action in Arsenal’s pre-season friendly against FC Nurnberg but suffered a knock.

According to The Athletic‘s James McNicholas (26 July), it is unclear when Tierney will return to action.

When asked if he thought his injury problems could impact Tierney’s confidence next season, McAvennie told Football Insider: “Not a chance.

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“It’s not in his make-up.

I know him, it’s not in his make-up. If you put him on the pitch with a bad knee, he’ll still go into a tackle with it.

That’s why the Celtic fans loved him. He’s wholehearted, he’s one of them, he’ll put his body on the line for everything and that’s why the fans loved him. That’s why the Arsenal fans think the world of him.

There’s no half measures with him. I think Arsenal are being a bit more sceptical and keeping him out whereas Kieran will want to play.

I think Arsenal will be the ones that will be holding him back.

Tierney made 25 appearances for the Gunners last season.

He has four years remaining on his contract at the Emirates.

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