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TIERNEY SCOTS’ EURO SETBACK

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KIERAN TIERNEY is a major doubt for Scotland boss Steve Clarke as he prepares for the delayed Euro 2020 Finals in June.

The former Celtic left-back, who joined Arsenal in a record-breaking £25million move in June 2019, could be ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Tierney, who played in his country’s three World Cup qualifiers against Austria, Israel and the Faroe Islands, limped off in the London club’s 3-0 loss against Liverpool just over a week ago. The knee injury has been diagnosed as ligament damage and that could scupper his chances of being fit in time for Scotland’s first appearance in a major finals since Craig Brown led them to the World Cup in France in 1998.

Tierney’s recovery is expected to take between six and eight weeks. Scotland’s first Euro tie is scheduled for June 14 against the Czech Republic at Hampden. Clarke will then take his players to face England at Wembley four days later and then Croatia provide the opposition on the twenty-second again in Glasgow.

Granit Xhaka filled in at left-back in the Gunners’ 3-0 win over doomed Sheffield United and gaffer Mikel Arteta, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “Kieran is out, probably for the season, so we need different options at that position.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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