Injuries Continue To Plague Bilbao Athletic’s Strikers

Ewan Urain

Ewan Urain had scored in three straight games before Sunday’s injury (AC)

Bilbao Athletic may very well be the best team in all of Segunda B. The Kumeak sit alone at the top of the table in Group II, having scored 31 goals in the opening 11 matches, and have been dominating opponents in recent weeks. Joseba Etxeberria has the team firing on all cylinders, but the success is even more incredible when considering the fact that Bilbao Athletic have had to manage without a striker for most of the season.

Andoni Tascón started the year at the top of the attack and looked strong in the opening win against Haro Deportivo. However, the 21-year-old has been out of action for over a month with a hamstring injury and has only made five appearances so far this season. Meanwhile, Ewan Urain missed the beginning of the campaign with a knee injury but was an instant successful once he made his return.

Urain started the last three games for Bilbao Athletic, scoring in each, but was forced to leave Sunday’s match against Logroñés early in the second half. The striker was seen grabbing the back of his right thigh and was taken off out of precaution. Although the club has yet to provide a medical report on Urain’s muscle injury, the 19-year-old is expected to miss time which puts Etxeberria in a similar, albeit unwanted, position once again.

As Urain motioned for a substitute Etxeberria didn’t think twice about who would be taking his place. The Mister once again put his faith in Iñigo Baqué to lead the line as the defensive midfielder had done several other times earlier in the season. “We will continue with Baqué despite the fact that he isn’t a forward because he is giving us much on an offensive and defensive level”, Etxeberria explained after the game.

Most teams wouldn’t be able to survive if they lost both of their strikers, however it’s become a common situation at Bilbao Athletic. Baqué has played well and done exactly what the manager has asked of him and the Kumeak haven’t skipped a beat. The hope is that Ewan Urain and Andoni Tascón will be back on the field very soon, but until then Joseba Etxeberria is confident that other players will continue to step up.

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