Kieran Tierney admitted it’s going to be a nightmare looking at from the facet in certainly one of Scotland’s largest ever video games as he spread out on his harm heartache that can see him omit the Ukraine conflict.
The 24-year-old Arsenal’s famous person final sport used to be at nighttime blue of his nation in a 2-2 attract Austria after scoring within the first a part of that pleasant double header towards Poland at Hampden.
Steve Clarke’s males will have to had been taking part in their World Cup play-off semi-final that week however took on soar video games with Ukraine combating towards the Russia invasion.
And Tierney is now out of the rearranged sport on Wednesday with, optimistically, a 2nd fit to come back with Wales waiting for the winners for a spot at Qatar this iciness.
The Gunners stopper additionally ignored out on Arsenal’s failed bid to make the highest 4 and Tierney admitted it’s been a irritating spell at the sidelines because of his knee harm.
He informed the Scottish Sun : “It’s exhausting being compelled to look at video games, I’m now not going to lie.
“But whether or not it’s Arsenal or Scotland, I nonetheless handiest need what’s 100 in step with cent perfect for the staff. I would like them to win each and every sport.
“And, after all, I’ll be supporting my Scotland team-mates all of the method on Wednesday night time.
“We’ve were given an excellent supervisor and a staff purchasing into the entirety he’s doing.
“You can see it at the park with performances, staff spirit, by no means giving up, being exhausting to overcome.
“We’re on a perfect run and there’s a self assurance throughout the squad.
“We can undoubtedly do it. I’ve were given 100 in step with cent religion within the boys.
“But it’s going to be an overly tricky sport towards Ukraine.
“They’re a most sensible staff with superb avid gamers.
“Everyone has great support for them with the terrible war back home against Russia.
“But on a football level both sets of players want to reach the World Cup.
“I think to play in that tournament is the pinnacle of any footballer’s career — and it would be no different for me. It would also be massive for Scottish football.”
Tierney defined the timeline of his harm nightmare, announcing: “We played Wolves at home in February and I felt something in my knee in the first half.
“I told the physios and we tested it. But it was fine and it also wasn’t that sore. I carried on playing for Arsenal, then reported for Scotland duty and played twice with no problems.
“I wasn’t in any great pain. I’d played for Arsenal and we’d been winning, then for Scotland I got a goal and an assist. So there had been nothing to worry about after that Wolves match.
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“I got here again totally nice. Then I used to be doing a little leg workout routines within the health club and my left knee clicked. I instinctively felt it wasn’t proper and that I will have to most probably opt for a scan.
“But the scan end result got here again and abruptly I’m desiring an op. It used to be so unlucky. But after that click on I simply knew it wasn’t customary.
“The verdict used to be 12 weeks — and it used to be gutting after I realised the video games I’d omit for Arsenal and Scotland. However, there used to be not anything I may just do about it.
“Instantly, I simply sought after to understand from the specialist and the physios what it used to be going to take to get again temporarily.
“Whenever I’ve been given a time frame for restoration I’ve all the time aimed to get again previous.
“I push myself as exhausting as I will, it’s the one method I do know.
“It’s tricky operating complete days within the health club by yourself. But you’ve were given to stay on pushing your self. There’s no level feeling sorry for your self.
“I don’t search for or be expecting sympathy from somebody. At the tip of the day I’m fortunate to be a footballer — and I by no means take the rest with no consideration. I’m a nightmare for the physios. I’m all the time on at them to get me again sooner.
“And I’m a terrible spectator. Not being able to do anything to help the team, I hate it. My target is to be back for the end of June and the start of pre-season at Arsenal. I’m on course for that. My rehab’s going well.
“And I can’t give the Arsenal sports science, fitness and medical staff enough credit. They are absolutely top notch. I couldn’t wish for a better support set-up here.
“Mentally and physically, the club provides every possible back-up for the players.
“And I’m certainly not looking for any medals because I’m working hard. That’s just what footballers — indeed everybody in life — needs to do.”