Arsenal left-back, Kieran Tierney has expressed his disappointment as he is set to miss Scotland’s upcoming games during the international break after coming in close contact with teammate, Stuart Armstrong who contracted COVID-19.
Since he is now going to isolate for 14 days, he will be out of action and won’t be available for Arsenal as well when club football action resumes.
His reaction is following the announcement of the Scottish FA over the development. The Scottish FA announced that Armstrong, who plies his trade with Southampton returned a positive test for COVID-19 while on international duty with the Scotland men’s national team.
“Within the announcement, the SFA confirmed that all other members of the squad have returned negative results.
“However, the Lothian Health Protection Team in Scotland have identified two players and two members of the backroom staff as ‘close contacts’. As a consequence, our defender Kieran Tierney and Celtic player Ryan Christie – along with one physiotherapist and one masseur – have been advised they will require to self-isolate for 14 days as of yesterday (Tuesday, October 8),” party of statement on Arsenal’s website reads.
‘Tierney socially distancing all time’
The club further confirmed that the former Celtic player adhered to the protocols by socially distancing all the time.
“Our medical team has confirmed that Kieran was socially distant at all times from the player who tested positive and has broken no rules regarding COVID-19 protocols. We are currently seeking further advice and clarification of the details.”
In corroborating the statement, Tierney said he will be looking forward to the next action from his club as they continue to liaise with the Scottish FA
“I’m so disappointed and frustrated to be in this situation. I have adhered to all regulations and made sure I was socially distancing from my team mates in the hotel.
“I’ve also tested negative. I know Arsenal and the SFA are now in discussions with the Scottish authorities to gain a further understanding.”
Stuart Armstrong self-isolating
Also reacting to the development, Southampton Football Club also confirmed that 28-year-old Armstrong is now self-isolating in line with government guidance.
“Southampton Football Club can confirm midfielder Stuart Armstrong has tested positive for COVID-19.
“The midfielder returned a negative test for COVID-19 on arrival with the Scottish National Team on Monday but the supplementary UEFA test returned a positive result this morning.
“The 28-year-old is now self-isolating in line with government guidance, and the club is taking sensible precautions at Staplewood Campus whilst offering Stuart our full support.”