Arsenal team news: Injury updates on Tierney and Bellerin ahead of Europa League tie | Football | Sport
Arsenal stars Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney are close to a return from injury, the club have revealed.
The defenders are yet to make an appearance for the Gunners this season, having both spent long periods of time on the sidelines through injury.
Bellerin ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in January, during Arsenal’s 2-0 Premier League win over Chelsea.
Tierney, meanwhile, was signed by Unai Emery over the summer, but has had a turbulent time with injuries over the past 12 months and has been struggling with a hip problem.
Emery will be hoping that both players will be ready for action as soon as possible, after a series of defensive lapses in recent weeks.
The Gunners provided the injury update on Bellerin and Tierney being back in first-team training ahead of their first Europa League match of the season.
Arsenal travel to Germany to take on Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday, and they’ll also be without striker Alexandre Lacazette.
Lacazette picked up an injury to his left ankle, and could be out until October.
Eintracht will likely be Arsenal’s toughest opposition in the group stages of the Europa League.
They were also drawn against Belgium side Standard Liege, as well as Portuguese team Vitoria Sport Clube.
But, Eintracht haven’t started the season as well as they had last year.
They’ve picked up just six points from their opening four Bundesliga matches, and find themselves in ninth place.
Arsenal, meanwhile, will be hoping to bounce back from their recent Premier League disappointments.
The Gunners haven’t won in three league matches, and have shipped seven goals during that time.
While they’d be forgiven for losing to Liverpool at Anfield, and then drawing at home to Tottenham, fans were left particularly disappointed after their latest draw at Watford.
Arsenal went into half-time 2-0 up, thanks to a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brace, but ended up conceding two goals after the break.