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Scotland's head coach Steve Clarke (R) congratulates Scotland's defender Kieran Tierney (L) after the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualification football match between Scotland and Austria at Hampden Park in Glasgow on March 25, 2021. - The game finished 2-2. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Tierney given major Euro 2020 boost as injury return date revealed

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Scotland have been handed a massive boost ahead of Euro 2020 as Kieran Tierney’s expected return from injury is now said to be sooner than expected.

New reports coming from the Arsenal website expect the 23-year-old to be back in training in the next two to three weeks, meaning as well as the Euros, Tierney may also be fit for the Europa League final should his team make it past Villareal in the semi.

The Tartan Army were left sweating after the initial opinion was that their key defender would miss up to eight weeks of action, whilst Gunners boss Mikel Arteta refused to comment on his chances of making the the summer’s squad.

However now Tierney’s chances are looking to be much more positive, the Arsenal website said:

“Kieran sustained ligament damage to his left knee during the match against Liverpool on April 3.”

“Kieran continues to make positive progress and is hoping to be back in training within two to three weeks.”

image credit – Forbes

Tierney has become more than a mainstay in Steve Clarke’s Scotland team, starting in all six of his country’s last internationals, the last of which assisting three of the four goals against the Faroe Islands.

His energy and drive to bring Scotland out of defence is an attribute few replacements can bring to the side, so today’s news will be more than warmly welcomed in the Scotland camp.

The national side start preparations for Euro 2020 by facing The Netherlands and Luxembourg in quick succession, with the friendlies scheduled to take place at the start of June. This would be just before the big kick-off against the Czech Republic, still scheduled to be played at Hampden Park on June 14th.

The squad will then travel to Wembley to play England, before coming back up north to take on Croatia in the group’s conclusive tie.

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