Arsenal defender Kieran has opened up about the knee injury that has held him back in the final stages of the season.
Tierney enjoyed a solid season with the Gunners, who were comfortably fourth in the Premier League standings before the international break in March. However, the Scotland international missed the last ten league games with a nasty knee injury, with Mikel Arteta’s side eventually finishing fifth as local rivals Tottenham Hotspur guided them to Champions League qualification.
Speaking about his knee injury, the former Celtic man told SunSport: “We played Wolves at home in February and I felt something in my knee in the first half. I told the physical therapists and we tested it. But it was okay, and it didn’t hurt that much.
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“I continued playing for Arsenal, then signed up for Scotland and played twice without a problem. I came back perfectly fine. Then I did some leg work in the gym and my left knee clicked.
“I instinctively felt like it wasn’t right and that I probably should get checked out. I wasn’t in much pain. I had played for Arsenal and we had won, then I scored a goal and an assist for Scotland, so there was nothing to worry about after that Wolves match.
“But the scan result came back and suddenly I need an operation. It was so unfortunate. But after that click, I just knew it wasn’t normal.
“The sentence was 12 weeks – and it was bitter when I realized what games I would be missing for Arsenal and Scotland. However, there was nothing I could do about it. I immediately wanted to know from the specialist and physiotherapists what it would take to get back quickly.
“Whenever I was given a time frame for recovery, I always wanted to be back earlier. I try as hard as I can. It’s the only way I know.”
The talented full-back also revealed his goal is to be back by the end of June, a date he is currently on the way to agreeing. He added: “It’s tough working alone in the gym all day.
“But you have to keep trying. There’s no point in feeling sorry for yourself. I don’t seek or expect sympathy from anyone. Ultimately, I’m lucky to be a footballer – and I never take anything for granted. I’m a nightmare for the physios I’m always with them to get me back faster.
“And I’m a terrible spectator. Not being able to do anything to help the team. I hate it. My aim is to return to Arsenal at the end of June and for the start of pre-season. I’m on track.” Therefore. My rehab is going well.”