Cristian Ganea Diagnosed With Bruised Ribs After Collision Against Levante
Cristian Ganea made the first start of his Athletic Club career on Monday night against Levante and it will be a memory that he will want to quickly forget. The Romanian played well, completing 100% of his passes, but the Lions still suffered an embarrassing 3-0 loss on the road. To make things even worse, Ganea had to be taken off on a stretcher in the 50th minute after being struck in the side competing for a ball in the air.
Athletic’s medical team suspected that the 26-year-old had fractured his ribs, but those fears were alleviated when medical tests revealed that he had only suffered bruises. The timetable for his recover will depend on how well his body responds to treatment, but bruised ribs generally require more pain management than anything else.
Thankfully, Yuri Berchiche will be able to start at left-back in Thursday’s Copa del Rey match against Huesca, but if Ganea isn’t able to play on Monday night against Girona there will be a problem. Mikel Balenziaga is still recovering from a hamstring injury and Berchiche would be serving the third and final game of his suspension. New manager Gaizka Garitano would have a selection dilemma on his hands in a match that the Lions must win at home.