Athletic Club defender, Yeray, suffered a gruesome injury a few days ago while playing with Spain’s U21 side. He was competing for an aerial ball and took an elbow to the face that immediately cause him to start profusely bleeding. He was rushed to the local hospital in Rome and the early belief was that he had suffered a simple broken nose. Upon returning to Bilbo on Tuesday and undergoing more tests it was confirmed that he had suffered a double fracture in his nose.
The 22-year-old was told that he could not train or do anything strenuous for the next 48 hours which was when he would be re-evaluated. Today, Thursday, is his re-evaluation with doctors and it will determine his immediate availability. The hope is that he will be cleared to return to training and be available for Saturday’s match against Osasuna.
However, there is a chance that he will not get cleared for actual games in time to play on Saturday. The center-back will likely have to wear a mask for some period of time, and while practice can be controlled, game action cannot. One wrong blow to the face or head could make the injury much worse than it already is.
For now there really is no telling what will happen with Yeray but you can bet that the Lezama graduate wants to play on Saturday and that he will do everything he can to make that happen. If he has healed quickly enough he could get the green light, but being able to train without any issues will be the first step in his recovery and clearance. As long as there are no unforeseen issues, he should at least be fine to play in Athletic’s following game against Espanyol a few days later.