Aritz Aduriz Will Miss 3-4 Weeks With Hamstring Injury
Monday night’s thrilling stoppage time win over Leganés had everything you could want in a match, but it also came with a worrisome injury. After challenging for a header in the box Aritz Aduriz immediately signaled to the sideline that he needed a substitute and was he left the field it was clear that his hamstring was causing discomfort as he grimaced and shook his head.
After the match ended the club announced that he had suffered a muscle injury in his right hamstring, the same one that bothered him towards the end of the preseason, and that he would be undergoing further tests. Due to his age and recent history with hamstring issues fans expected the worse, however the exams did give a little bit of good news on the matter.
On Tuesday Athletic Club announced that Aduriz has been diagnosed with a Grade I-II right hamstring strain and that he has already started rehabilitation. Avoiding a Grade III is definitely a big deal, but the 37-year-old is still expected to miss 3-4 weeks of action. Luckily, the striker would only miss two matches during that time as there will be an international break at the beginning of September. If all goes according to plan Aduriz will be able to return in time for the match against Real Madrid on 15 September.
With Aduriz on the sidelines Iñaki Williams is expected to fill the role at striker with someone like Iñigo Córdoba or perhaps Raúl García taking his place on the wing. Iñaki has been adamant about wanting to be the striker of the future and now he will have another chance to prove himself. Athletic will be facing newly promoted Huesca and Rayo Vallecano in their next two matches so the hope is that the Lions will not miss Aduriz as much, although it is clear that they are a different team without the veteran goalscorer.