Aritz Aduriz Ruled Out For An Additional 4-5 Weeks After Latest Tests On Sprained Knee
It’s been three weeks since Aritz Aduriz suffered a knee injury in the Copa del Rey against Sevilla. At the time there was fear that he had seriously damaged ligaments and would miss extended time, but tests saw the striker diagnosed with a bruise and mild sprain. He wasn’t expected to be on the sidelines for long, however that hasn’t proved to be the case.
Many fans were hoping that the 37-year-old would return to training this week in time for Saturday’s Basque Derby against Real Sociedad, but he hasn’t. Instead, Athletic gave an update on Aduriz early Thursday morning announcing that the latest tests have revealed that he will need to sit out an additional 4-5 weeks before he can return to training out of precaution.
With the Aduriz sidelined for so long the club acted quickly to bring in a new striker before the transfer window closed later on Thursday. Athletic soon announced that they had signed Copenhagen forward Kenan Kodro who grew up in Real Sociedad’s academy and played in nearly 100 games for Osasuna between 2014-2017. The 25-year-old arrives with manager Gaizka Garitano and Sporting Director Rafa Alkorta both agreeing on him as the top target and he will provide necessary depth in the team while Aduriz is out. Kodro has signed a contract through 2022 that contains a €80 million release clause.