Raúl García And Aritz Aduriz Remain On The Sidelines At Lezama

Aritz Aduriz Training Guruzeta

Aritz Aduriz still hasn’t returned to training (AS)

Athletic were back training at Lezama on Monday after a difficult game against Villarreal at Estadio Cerámica. As is usually the case, the starters did recovery work while the rest of the team had a full session with the coaches. For the Lions all focus has quickly shifted to Sunday’s match against Real Betis which will be a challenging test for the team who have yet to lose a league game under Gaizka Garitano.

Aritz Aduriz and Raúl García continued to train apart from the group on Monday as they worked individually with the team’s trainers. Both players were able to do some things with the ball at their feet, which is the next step in returning, but it was only light activity. Aduriz is still recovering from a sprained knee while García has been dealing with a muscle injury in his leg. The pair will have more tests this week to see if they can return to regular training and, from there, when they will be able to be back in the team for a match.

Mikel Rico, who is still recovering from a ruptured tendon, and Iñigo Lekue, back surgery, also trained separately and are said to be making improvements. Both players are hoping to be back as soon as possible, but injuries have severely limited their availability this season, especially Lekue who has yet to be able to play a single game after fracturing his ankle in August. The team will have the day off on Tuesday.

To end training Garitano held a 9v9 match with players who didn’t play heavy minutes on Sunday against a team of eight Bilbao Athletic players and Alex Remiro. Unai Simón, Oscar De Marcos, Unai Nuñez, Mikel Balenziaga, Ander Iturraspe, Mikel San José, Unai López, Markel Susaeta, and Gorka Guruzeta played against a team that included Alex Remiro, Jesús Areso, Javi Murua, Gaizka Larrazabal, Antonio Salado, Asier Córdoba, and others.

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