Oscar De Marcos Sidelined For One Month With Grade II Ankle Sprain
Oscar De Marcos feared the worst when he injured his ankle putting in a cross in Sunday night’s match against Getafe. The right-back immediately called for a substitute and could be heard on the bench saying that he had broken his ankle. Thankfully, initial tests performed by club doctors ruled out a fracture and De Marcos was diagnosed with a sprain.
On Monday, De Marcos underwent further tests which revealed that he has suffered a Grade II ankle sprain. This type of injury normally takes a few weeks to heal which means that the 30-year-old will be on the sidelines for roughly one month. Understandably, the club will be very cautious with this situation as De Marcos missed 3 months with a similar injury back in 2017, although he had suffered far more ligament damage at the time.
Athletic will be without De Marcos for Friday’s Basque Derby against Real Sociedad, but the upcoming international break will give the defender more time to recover without missing games. It’s likely that he will also be unavailable for matches against Mallorca and Alavés and could potentially return against Leganés in late September.
With De Marcos out of action, Gaizka Garitano will have to turn to other players. Ibai Gómez and Gaizka Larrazabal will battle for minutes on the right-wing, while Iñigo Córdoba will be an option as well. The real danger now is providing coverage for Ander Capa at right-back. Iñigo Lekue is the natural choice but the 26-year-old recently returned to training after missing over a month with a thigh injury and is still working on his match fitness.