Iker Muniain Suffers Calf Injury In Draw Against Real Madrid
Athletic put in a dominant performance against Real Madrid on Saturday and Iker Muniain was at the forefront of the festivities. The 25-year-old completed nearly 90% of his passes and was constantly dribbling through defenders as the midfield was able to dictate the pace of play. He even opened up the scoring just after the 30 minute mark and was one of the best players on the field.
Going into the second half the Lions looked strong with their 1-0 lead, but Muniain was forced to leave the pitch just before the hour mark. The midfielder was seen sitting on the grass and holding his right leg in obvious pain as the medical team came out to check on him. Muniain was helped to his feet and walked off the field under his own power while being replaced by Ander Capa.
Throughout the rest of the match Muniain was seen on the sidelines cheering on his teammates and went onto the field after the final whistle to embrace his teammates after the great showing. However, manager Eduardo Berizzo confirmed in the postgame press conference that Muniain had suffered a calf muscle injury, but refused to speculate on the severity. The 25-year-old will be undergoing tests to determine the extent of the issue.
The hope is that Muniain’s injury isn’t serious and that he will be able to be back in training quickly, but with muscle injuries it is always difficult to gauge. As he undergoes tests the team will now be focused on preparing for next weekend’s match against Real Betis which will be the first away game of the season. Muniain’s availability for the upcoming fixture is in question at this point.