Oscar De Marcos Suffers Ankle Sprain In Draw Against Getafe
Oscar De Marcos made his second consecutive start of the season on Saturday night against Getafe, once again playing on the right wing. The 30-year-old performed well but wasn’t able to finish the match and had to be taken off just before halftime after putting in a cross to Raúl García. De Marcos immediately raised his hand to ask for a substitution and is now doubtful for Friday’s Basque Derby against Real Sociedad.
Athletic soon announced that De Marcos has suffered a sprained left ankle, but the hope is that the injury isn’t serious. The player did leave the stadium on crutches but wasn’t wearing a walking boot. More tests will be carried out once the team returns to Bilbao to determine the extent of the issue. It should be noted that De Marcos suffered a similar ankle injury against Getafe two years ago and was sidelined for three months due to ligament damage. However, he has also left a stadium on crutches before and played the next game.
If De Marcos is sidelined, Gaizka Garitano will have several options to choose from to take his place in the lineup including Ibai Gómez who recently returned from a calf injury. The absence could also put Athletic in a difficult position as Ander Capa will be the only available right-back in the team. Iñigo Lekue recently returned to training after missing over a month with a thigh strain and it’s unknown how close the 26-year-old is to full match fitness. Either way, Athletic have shown resiliency under Garitano and will be determined to take all three points against Real Sociedad next weekend regardless of who is on the field.