Iñigo Lekue Begins Next Stage Of Recovery From Ankle Fracture, Beñat Still Unable To Train Due To Sickness

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Iñigo Lekue trained with Xabier Clemente on Monday (AS)

Iñigo Lekue has been working hard to make his return since suffering a right ankle fracture during training back on 23 August. The 25-year-old had to undergo surgery to repair the issue and two weeks ago he was able to begin running at Lezama with trainer Xabier Clemente. Now, the right-back has reached the next stage on his road to recovery.

On Monday, Lekue began to work with the ball at his feet with Clemente which is the next step before being cleared to return to regular training with his teammates. When the injury first happened the hope was that he would be able to be cleared before the end of the year and Lekue is on target for that deadline. He will continue to work with the trainers and, if everything goes well, could get the medical green light in the near future.

Beñat was also unable to train with the team on Monday as he is still recovering from sickness. The midfielder had to be admitted to a local hospital on Thursday due to an infection and high fever and was discharged two days later. He’s currently at home resting and isn’t expected to be able to play in Wednesday’s match against Rayo Vallecano.

Monday’s training at Lezama was exactly what would be expected after such a strenuous match. Those who played against Eibar on Sunday trained at a slower pace than their teammates as part of a recovery session, but the whole team knows that the upcoming game at Vallecas is a must win. Eduardo Berizzo will likely have to rotate some of his players and the Basques know that they must come away with all three points to start climbing the La Liga table.

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