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Arsenal handed major Injury boost ahead Europa League clash against  Benfica



Kieran Tierney

Arsenal have received a major injury boost ahead of their Europa League round of 32 clash with Benfica at Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Thursday.

Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney, who was not involved in the club’s 4-2 Premier League win over Leeds United on Sunday due to injury, returned to training for the Gunners on Tuesday ahead of their clash with  Benfica.

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Tierney missed the last six matches due to a leg injury, but the club revealed his return in a tweet posted Tuesday.

A short video showed the Scottish international in action, and the 23-year-old scored a good home goal to show that he could well have overcome the worst of his injury.

Providing an update on Tierney, Arteta said in a post-match press conference after Arsenal defeated Leeds last weekend. When asked whether Tierney – or injured midfielder Thomas Partey – would be ready for Thursday’s game or Sunday’s clash.

“It seems unlikely at the moment, but I don’t know.

“Probably if there is one player who has got a bigger chance, it’s Kieran [Tierney].

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“Probably in the next few days, he can start to do some parts with the team. It seems unlikely [on Partey] at the moment,” he said.