Athletic Club were back in training on Tuesday following a grueling match against Real Madrid the previous day. The Lions fought hard and were able to come away with an impressive draw, so manager Kuko Ziganda used Tuesday’s session as a time of recovery for the players that were in the starting lineup. The rest of the team trained normally, including Xabi Etxeita who has missed a few days with a knee injury that he suffered in the loss against Deportivo over the weekend. However, there was a bit of a scare in the training session.
At one point Aritz Aduriz was taking shots on goal and felt some discomfort in his abdomen. He went to get checked out by Dr. Angulo and eventually came back to ask Kuko Ziganda if he could rejoin the group. The 37-year-old jumped back in with his teammates but after a few minutes the discomfort returned. He spoke with the manager once again and was then seen leaving the training pitch, presumably to get a more thorough check up so as to know the extent and cause of his discomfort.
A few days have passed and Aduriz has still not been able to train with his teammates. On Saturday Athletic announced that tests confirmed the 37-yeard-old had suffered an injury to the oblique muscle in his abdomen. He will be evaluated again on Monday which just so happens to be the same day as the club’s next game. The striker hasn’t been ruled out for the game though as his availability will be determined by how he recovers over the next few days. If he is unable to play, Iñaki Williams will continue to feature in the striker role, which may have been the case regardless of Aduriz’s fitness.
Athletic Club will be back in action on Monday when they will play host to Levante at the San Mamés. Levante are still in a serious fight against relegation and will be desperate for points when they come to Bilbao. Meanwhile, the Lions are still alive in the race for seventh place and that makes every single point vital to their cause. It will be yet another final for the Basque giants who want to leave the fans with joy and excitement after a disappointing campaign.