Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has offered a fresh injury update on Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey following the club’s 4-2 Premier League win over Leeds United.
Both Tierney and Partey were sidelined for the game due to respective injuries and speaking after the game, Arteta was unsure whether either player will return to face Benfica on Thursday.
Tierney is likely to feature in regular training this week and the Gunners boss said that the left-back has got ‘a bigger chance’ of making the squad for the midweek game.
“It seems unlikely at the moment, but I don’t know. Probably if there is one player who has got a bigger chance, it’s Kieran,” he said in the post-match press conference, as quoted by Arsenal.com.
“Probably in the next few days he can start to do some parts with the team. But I don’t know how he is going to evolve when he gets a little bit closer to training with the group.”
The north London giants face Benfica in the first leg of the Europa League round of 32 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Thursday.
The away leg which was initially scheduled to take place at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz stadium was relocated due to coronavirus quarantine restrictions.
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