Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has refused to blame Steve Clarke for Kieran Tierney’s injury woes.
The 24-year old has become one of the Gunners’ key men this season but his season is now over.
Tierney played for Scotland against Poland and Austria during the recent international break, returning to his club with a knee injury.
The defender has subsequently undergone surgery, which he’s confirmed has ‘gone well.’
Arteta was quizzed about whether or not Steve Clarke should take some of the blame for giving him so much game time in the recent international friendly double header.
Tierney played the entire 90 minutes in both games against Poland and Austria, but Arteta refused to lay blame at Clarke’s door and insisted ‘these things happen.’
The Arsenal boss said: “Our responsibility is took look after them when we have them here.
“With the national team it’s the job of Steve Clarke to decide the team he thinks is best to win games.
“We have to have good communication with the national team, which we have, but these things happen.”
In terms of Clarke and Scotland, Tierney’s absence in June would be a huge blow.
The postponed World Cup play-off semi final against Ukraine has been tentatively scheduled for the month.
Arteta has, however, insisted it’s too soon to put any timeframe on Tierney’s comeback.
He said: “I don’t know, he’s just had surgery yesterday so it’s very early to understand how everything is going to develop.
“If he’s going to be out the period we estimate or not, what condition he’ll be after that period it’s too soon to say something like that.”
Arteta was further pressed on the issue and asked if he would be disappointed if Tierney ended up playing in Scotland’s June fixtures so soon after any potential injury recovery.
He added: “I think the player has to do the maximum he can to be in the best possible condition as soon as possible, and I’m sure Kieran will do that.
“Once he is there let’s see if he is able to compete and with what kind of risk or not, but that should be good.”
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