Kieran Tierney self-isolating after positive Covid-19 test in Scotland camp

Arsenal'sKieran Tierney has been forced to go into self-isolation after one of his Scotland teammates tested positive for coronavirus whilst on international duty.

The Gunners' full-back was preparing for Scotland's upcoming fixtures against Israel, Slovakia and Czech Republic.

But Tierney has now been ruled out of all three matches due to the positive Covid-19 diagnosis of Southampton's Stuart Armstrong.

Tierney is one of four Scotland personnel who are deemed to have come into contact with Armstrong and must each now spend 14 days in quarantine.

This means Tierney is set to miss Arsenal's next fixture away at Man City on October 17.

"The Scottish FA (SFA) has been informed that Stuart Armstrong has returned a positive test for COVID-19,' the SFA's statement read.

"The midfielder returned a negative test for COVID-19 on arrival at Oriam on Monday but the supplementary UEFA test returned a positive result this morning.

"Stuart will self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the test – Tuesday, 6 October – and will now be unavailable for the forthcoming international matches.

"All other members of the squad have returned negative results. However, the Lothian Health Protection Team have identified two players and two members of the backroom staff as close contacts.

"As a consequence, Kieran Tierney and Ryan Christie – along with one physiotherapist and one masseur – will require to self-isolate for 14 days as of yesterday, and will also miss the forthcoming matches."

The news offers a glimpse of the risks of players joining up with their respective national teams for international duty, as they could be forced out of club fixtures without having even contracted the virus.

Tierney's absence will be a blow to Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta as he prepares to face his former club Man City.

The 23-year-old is the second Premier League player forced into isolation since meeting up with their country, after Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri left Switzerland's camp due to testing positive for coronavirus.

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