Left-back superstar Kieran Tierney is already out of our next Premier League game after his Scottish teammate contracted coronavirus.
We were due to play Man City at the Etihad next weekend after yet another round of annoying friendlies, but it appears as though Tierney will be missing from the squad.
He will have to self-isolate for 14 days after coming in to contact with Southampton’s Stuart Armstrong who has contracted the disease, and to make matters even worse, it looks like Sergio Aguero will be returning after his long injury layoff, this report also claims Jesus and Aguero could both return for the game which Tierney will definitely miss.
Tierney has been in quarantine since Tuesday, but the 14 days will not be up in time to face Pep’s men next weekend. Obviously he’ll also miss Scotland’s games during the same period, a huge blow for his national side who play three home games in a row.
They are set to face Israel on Wednesday (European Championship play-off), Slovakia on Sunday, then the Czech Republic next Wednesday (both UEFA Nations League).
Defenders Pablo Mari, Shkodran Mustafi and Calum Chambers are all making good progress as they bid to return from injuries but it looks like their comebacks will have to wait until after the City game next week giving Arteta limited options ahead of a COVID-imposed defensive pack shuffle situation which he would rather do without.