Mikel Arteta gives an update on Kieran Tierney’s injury

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has revealed that Kieran Tierney has partially returned to training and may be available for the Gunners’ match with Watford this weekend.

The Scottish national team player missed Arsenal’s recent victories against Aston Villa and Leicester City with ankle problems.

But Arteta confirmed at a press conference on Friday that although Tierney has not yet resumed full training, he has increased his recovery and can return on Sunday against the Hornets.

“Kieran has been training for the last two days, he has been much better so hopefully he will be available,” said Arteta.

Tierney was selected in Steve Clarke’s squad for Scotland’s World Cup qualifier this month, and when asked if the left-back would be fit enough to play for his national team, Arteta replied: “Let’s see during the upcoming training sessions. He has done pieces with the team but not fully trained yet, so in the next two days we will see where he is and how he feels.

The summer signing Nuno Tavares has impressed in Tierney’s absence for Arsenal, and Arteta hopes that there will now be increased competition for places in his squad.

“Hopefully we can have more of them [selection] dilemma and has top players who perform at the top level in many positions because it raises the quality, standard and performance of the team, he added.

Arsenal can enter the international break as high as third place in the Premier League table (although their much worse goal difference to the team above them makes this very unlikely).

The Gunners have been unbeaten in nine games in all competitions since they were beaten 5-0 by Manchester City in August, bringing together a solid series of decent performances.

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