Iago Herrerín In Final Stage Of Recovery, Unai Simón Leaves Training With Ice Pack On Knee

Iago Herrerín

Iago Herrerín is close to making his return from injury (AC)

It has been nearly one month since Iago Herrerín suffered a biceps injury which ruled him out for 6-8 weeks and his recuperation has been going very well. From the first day the goalkeeper has been in the gym working out in various ways and it didn’t take long for him to be cleared to do ball work and conditioning drills at Lezama during regular training sessions. Now he is in the final stage of his recovery and could return soon.

During Saturday’s training session the 30-year-old was finally able to do specific drills with goalkeeping coach Carlos Kisluk which worked his arms and injured biceps. Herrerín is still not cleared to play at this time, but his response to this final stage of recovery will dictate how much more time he will miss. Herrerín likely still won’t be available for Athletic’s next match against Real Madrid on 15 September, but could return for the following game.

Meanwhile, current starting goalkeeper Unai Simón had an injury scare on Saturday when he was forced to leave training early. The 21-year-old was seen leaving the field with an ice pack around his left knee, but the club never announced an injury which is a very good sign. Simón has been called up to the Spain U21 team for the international break and they also did not reveal any news which should mean that the Lezama product is fine and likely left training out of precaution.

Aritz Aduriz, who is still recovering from a hamstring injury, trained apart from the group with Xabier Clemente and is still expected to return in time for the match against Real Madrid. With the international break starting next week the players will have Sunday off before getting back to work on Monday at Lezama.

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