Kieran Tierney could be involved in Arsenal’s Europa League tie with Benfica this week Mikel Arteta has revealed.
The Scot has been absent for several weeks with a leg injury but is poised to rejoin training in the coming days.
Tierney had become an integral figure for the Gunners prior to picking up the knock.
He is one of two notable absentees currently with Thomas Partey also sidelined.
The Ghanaian midfielder has been battling injury problems all season and is currently nursing a hamstring injury.
Both players are in a race against time to be fit for Thursday’s game but Arteta reckons Tierney is more likely to play.
“It seems unlucky at the moment but if there is probably one player who has the bigger chance [to play] it’s Kieran,” he said.
“Probably in the next few days he can start to do some parts with the team but I don’t know how it’s going to evolve until he gets a little bit closer to training with the group.”
Arteta was dealt a fresh injury worry in the final stages of his side’s win over Leeds as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang went down.
The striker, who grabbed a hat-trick, has been absent in recent weeks as he dealt with a personal issue.
And his manager is optimistic that he will be available for their trip to Lisbon.
“He was in pain and got a big kick, twisted his ankle but hopefully he will be fine (for Thursday),” said Arteta.
Arsenal prepared for the European clash in the best possible way as they stuck four past Leeds.
The Europa League is the Gunners’ only chance of silverware this term and offers a route into the Champions League.
Arsenal reached the final of the competition two years ago but were upset in the Round of 32 last term as Olympiakos knocked them out.