Iñigo Martinez Diagnosed With Grade II Calf Strain, Could Miss Start Of The La Liga Season
Iñigo Martinez suffered the first major injury of the preseason on Friday when the defender was forced to leave training after feeling pain in the back of his left leg. Luckily, he was able to walk into the changing room under his own power, although it was clear that he was in discomfort. Afterwards, Athletic announced that he had suffered a calf strain and that he would be undergoing additional tests to determine the severity.
On Saturday the club revealed that Martinez has been diagnosed with a Grade II calf strain, which is the most common in football. Athletic stated that his recovery time will be determined within the next few days during which he will continued to be monitored. Normally, a Grade II calf strain takes between 3-6 weeks to completely heal, but it also depends on the severity and how a player’s body responds to treatment. At this point the defender is in a race to return before for the start of the La Liga season.
The best case scenario would allow the 27-year-old to come back quickly, but this injury does come at a terrible time. New manager Eduardo Berizzo has been busy implementing his new system and missing a few weeks of training will put Martinez behind. He should still be allowed to attend training sessions, although being on the field is something completely different. Martinez’s health and recovery are the most important things right now, and the hope is that he will be able to return before the preseason comes to a close.