Arsenal interim manager Freddie Ljungberg has revealed that defenders Héctor Bellerín and Kieran Tierney are both set for further tests after picking up injuries during Monday’s 3-1 win over West Ham United.
Bellerín was forced to pull out of the starting lineup before the game after appearing to suffer a hamstring injury, while Tierney managed just 29 minutes before being forced off the field with a nasty looking shoulder injury.
Speaking after the game (via the club’s official website), Ljungberg offered an update on the two players, but he was not certain as to the severity of either defender’s injury.
“Héctor had a bit of feeling, I think, in his hamstring in the warm up,” he said. “Then we took the decision. I said I’m not going to force anyone to play if you don’t feel 100 per cent.
“So we took him off and had a straight swap on that with Ainsley [Maitland-Niles], and Ainsley had been out in the cold for a little bit and comes on and does really well, so I’m really proud of him and happy for him.
“Tierney, I think it’s something with his shoulder but I don’t know exactly what it is. But obviously we had to take him off so I think he’s going to maybe go to hospital and check what it is.”
Out of the two injuries, Tierney’s certainly looked more serious. The Athletic stated before the game that the Scot has been battling a secret shoulder injury all season, and he appeared to be in some discomfort after jostling with West Ham’s Michail Antonio.
He refused a stretcher and instead walked off the field, so the hope is that it may not actually be as severe as first feared.
Sead Kolašinac was the man to replace Tierney on Monday, and the Bosnian will likely have to retain his place in the lineup while Tierney battles to recover from this latest setback.
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