Kieran Tierney has been ordered to self isolate for 14 days after a coronavirus outbreak in the Scotland squad – prompting Arsenal to "seek further advice".
Southampton midfielder Stuart Armstrong tested positive and Arsenal defender Tierney is one of four members of the Scotland party who has been deemed to have come into close contact.
That has caused a major knock-on effect for the Premier League as Tierney is now set to miss Arsenal’s trip to Manchester City on October 17.
Armstrong, who played in Southampton’s win over West Brom last weekend, provided a negative test after reporting up but has since tested positive which has raised alarm bells at the South Coast club.
They have ordered all of their players to train at home from Thursday before returning next week while the club’s training ground undergoes a deep clean. Southampton carried out their latest round of tests Wednesday so will discover within 24 hours if they have any more cases.
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Celtic’s Ryan Christie, one physiotherapist and one masseur have also been ordered to self isolate after the outbreak in the Scotland squad.
Tierney said: "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."
Arsenal are now talking to the authorities to see if they can send a private car and bring him back as Tierney has taken three tests this week, all have been negative and has also returned a negative antibody test to show he has not had the virus.
In a short statement Arsenal said: "Our medical team have 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."
Meanwhile, Scotland boss Steve Clarke added: “We have informed the respective clubs from whom we have borrowed the players and backroom staff and we now have to prepare for a huge match ahead tomorrow.”
That comes after the Premier League suffered a string of high profile cases, including Liverpool star Sadio Mane while it was confirmed there were nine positives during last week’s tests among top flight players and staff.
England ordered trio Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho to report up late for duty after they broke Government protocols on a maximum of six at social gatherings while attending a surprise birthday party for Abraham.
The Tierney news is another worry for Arsenal who have been hit by the virus in the past as Mikel Arteta tested positive before lockdown while one of their Europa League opponents had a case after the Olympiacos owner tested positive after a game at the Emirates.
Meanwhile, Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil faces an anxious wait to discover whether he will be included in the club’s Europa League squad.
UEFA will publish the lists Thursday after the club’s submitted their squads on Tuesday night but Arsenal did not make theirs public unlike Chelsea.
It is unlikely that Arsenal will have room for all of their players and they have made renewed attempts to reach a settlement with Mesut Ozil who is the club’s highest earner on £350,000-a-week.
But Ozil, who has one year left on his current deal, would see little value in leaving after the window shut as he now cannot find another major club in Europe in January.
Ozil has also made it clear he wants to stay and fight for his place even after being frozen out and this week waged another battle against the club by offering to pay the wages of club mascot Gunnersaurus which many see as a publicity stunt.
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