Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta has given an update on Tierney and Luiz’s injuries after a disappointing Premier League defeat to Liverpool on Saturday.
The Gunners boss has confirmed Kieran Tierney’s knee injury but is uncertain how severe the issue is, while David Luiz may need surgery. The left-full-back, who has already had a spell on the sidelines through a knee problem this season, came off just before the break during Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat to Liverpool after a challenge with James Milner.
Although the Scottish defender could walk on his own Arsenal face an anxious wait for updates on how serious his latest injury setback is.
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“He felt something in his knee and he was in pain,” Mikel Arteta said in his post-match conference on Tierney’s exit. “He will be injured, but we don’t know for how long.”
On the other hand, David Luiz missed the Liverpool defeat altogether. The former Chelsea center-back suffered discomfort in his right knee over the international break. Right now, it’s likely the Brazilian will be out for a few weeks at least, even if he doesn’t undergo surgery as feared.
“We don’t know,” Mikel Arteta replied when asked if Luiz needs surgery.
“There a few possibilities on that, being a little more conservative with the treatment or having to go for a surgery. We are talking with the doctors at the moment to make the right decision on that, but we’ll see.”
“He could be out for a few weeks at least.”
The Gunners will be back to action on Thursday for the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie against Czech side Slavia Prague at Emirates Stadium.