Aritz Aduriz In Danger Of Missing Saturday’s Basque Derby With Muscle Injury
Last Tuesday Aritz Aduriz was unable to finish training after he felt discomfort in his abdomen during a shooting exercise. He tried to return but was unable to do so and immediately went to undergo testing. Athletic soon announced that the 37-year-old had suffered a muscle injury to his oblique and that his availability would be determined by his recovery. The striker ended up missing Monday’s clash with Levante and watched the game from the stands and now he is in danger of missing another big fixture.
The squad returned to training on Tuesday and once again Aduriz was unable to practice with his teammates. Originally the belief was that the muscle injury wasn’t anything serious and wouldn’t keep the striker out of action, but now fans are beginning to wonder when he will be back. This Saturday the Lions will travel to the Anoeta to take on Real Sociedad in the Basque Derby and, unless he is able to recover in time, they will have to do so without Aritz Aduriz.
Aduriz was already playing a more limited role before his injury occurred with manager Kuko Ziganda electing to start Iñaki Williams in the striker role for several consecutive fixtures. There is a chance that, even if Aduriz were healthy, he still would have started Monday’s game on the bench and possibly this Saturday’s Derby as well. Still, not having Aduriz in the squad is never a good thing. He has been the focal point of Athletic’s offense for a few years now and no one has been able to replace his production and presence on the field.
The players will have Wednesday off to rest and recuperate before returning to training on Thursday. If Aduriz is not able to return to training by Thursday then it would be surprising to see his name in the squad list traveling to San Sebastián. The next two days will be crucial for his availability but anyone who knows the 37-year-old knows just how competitive he is and that he will be fighting to make the team ahead of such a massive game. The Basque Derby is looming and Aritz Aduriz wants to play.