Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has said that he asked Kieran Tierney not to link up with the Scotland squad and sit out on the international team’s double-header against Russia and San Marino.

It was expected that the former Celtic left-back would be named in Steve Clarke’s squad on Tuesday however after talks with the medical team at Arsenal, Emery opted for Tierney not to risk a setback.

After missing Arsenal’s Premier League draw with Manchester United on Monday, there were fears that Tierney had suffered a relapse of the groin problem that kept him from going straight into the Arsenal squad from Celtic.

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However, Emery has insisted that the 22-year-old has no new injuries but wants him to stay at the club’s training base over the international fixtures.

“I asked Kieran yesterday because we are waiting first for him to be with us consistently playing and after his injuries each step is important,” Emery said.

"For example, he didn't play in Manchester because he had some small problem, not important, but the doctor told us it is better to be here working alone and preparing for tomorrow's match and if we here are with him taking precaution, it is also important for the national team.

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"We are thinking it is not the moment to work with them (Scotland) for the next matches.

"I think he is going to be ready to play with us and to play with them but now he is going to play tomorrow and also hopefully he can be good completely physically, tactically, but really with us I think he can but taking precaution also to not play a lot of matches in a few days."

Tierney has only managed to play 77 minutes of football since joining Arsenal and missed The Gunner’s Premier League draw against Manchester United after his debut performance in the 5-0 Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest.

However, he is set to start against Standard Liege in the Europa League clash on Thursday.