Aritz Aduriz “Today Is The First Day I’ve Trained And I Have To See How My Knee Responds.”
Athletic received the best news possible on Monday when Aritz Aduriz finally returned to training for the first time since suffering a knee injury against Sevilla back on 10 January. Once training was over the striker addressed the media and revealed that he actually had damage to his ligament, but that he is feeling better now. He hopes to return soon, though patience is needed.
“These two months have been hard for me personally. I’m not used to being away this long without playing. My evolution is going well and the team’s pace and solidity have made this situation more bearable. Today I have returned to training with the team. We will see how I am feeling little by little. We have to be patient because there are deadlines to meet, although the progression is still good.
Discussing the actual injury, Aduriz admitted that he knew something was wrong fairly quickly. The pain wouldn’t go away and he was suffering. Thankfully, surgery was never required and the 38-year-old said it was easier to be away with the team playing great football.
“I had a very bad feeling on the field. I felt the blow in my nerve and it wouldn’t go away. After the blow, I went back onto the field and noticed that something was not right and it turned out that the cruciate ligament was affected. The treatment was the only alternative. There was never any talk about an operation. I think the ligament will respond perfectly to what we are doing. What matters here is that Athletic is as strong as possible. I haven’t really seen much need for a striker and I think the team is doing well and getting positive results.”
With Aduriz out of action, the Lions have struggled to score goals. He was quick to point out that it’s been difficult for every team to score this season, but he has total faith in Iñaki Williams and is excited about what he’s seen from Kenan Kodro.
“Today, scoring goals isn’t easy, not just for us but for every team. Kodro and Iñaki are players who are contributing and will contribute even more in the world of football. Iñaki has demonstrated his spectacular quality. I don’t know Kenan that well but I have seen what he’s done when playing with us. He has many qualities to help us and score many goals for Athletic.”
The biggest thought in the back of everyone’s mind is will Aduriz sign a contract extension or retire from football after this season. Of course, he was asked about the subject and said that he wants to get back on the field and prove he can play well before thinking about next year.
“As for my renewal, I am evaluating it very calmly. The priority of the club is more important than the names. When I return and see myself playing and competing, then it will be time to discuss it. Right now there are other priorities. We will talk. I would love to be able to say that I will play in April. If I am, it would be because things have gone well. I hope it will happen but today is the first day I have trained and I have to see how my knee is responding.”
Although he has returned to training, Aritz Aduriz will not be able to play this weekend against Atlético Madrid. He must still integrate back into the team and having the international break will be the perfect opportunity for the striker to get back into a rhythm. At this point, there is still no clarity on when Aduriz will be back on the field, but joining his teammates in training is certainly big news for the Zurigorri.