Ander Capa In Danger Of Missing Valencia Clash With Hamstring Injury
Several players have benefitted from Gaizka Garitano’s arrival back in early December. While many improved their performances thanks to the change in tactics, others like Ander Capa were able to get on the field more because they had the confidence of the new manager. The former Eibar player immediately went from barely playing to being the starter at right-back and he’s played at a very high level ever since.
As Athletic prepare for Sunday’s match against Valencia Capa is once again expected to be the starter on the right side of the defense, but that may not happen. On Thursday the club announced that the 27-year-old had suffered a mild-moderate hamstring injury in the morning’s training session at Lezama. His availability will depend on how his body responds over the next few days, but hamstring rarely heal quickly. At this point he’s expected to miss this weekend’s fixture.
If Capa is unable to play Oscar De Marcos will start in his place in defense, which would leave a hole on the right wing for someone like Markel Susaeta or Ibai Gómez. Garitano has a very strong squad to choose from, but not having Capa available does hurt the Lions because he’s been in such fine form. The good news is that Capa’s injury isn’t a serious one, however the team will have to prepare for Sunday’s game with the expectation that he won’t be available.
Athletic also offered an update on the statuses of Aritz Aduriz and Iñigo Lekue. The striker’s recovery is going very well and he will be reevaluated in 2-3 weeks to determine if he can rejoin the team in training. Sources claim that the 38-year-old could return sometime around the March international break. Meanwhile, Lekue is in the final stages of his recovery from lower back surgery and could be back in training very soon.