Iñaki Williams Sent Home Sick, Raúl García Increasing Workload In Training
Athletic will host Granada at San Mamés in just three days but will be without two key players for the match. Aritz Aduriz, who is still nursing a hip injury, has already been ruled out for the fixture as has captain Iker Muniain who will be sidelined until January with a hamstring injury. Gaizka Garitano managed the absences well during last weekend’s 2-1 win over Osasuna, though the Mister may have even more to losses to overcome.
Raúl García left the Osasuna match at halftime with what appeared to be a groin injury. Thankfully, tests revealed that there was no muscle damage and that the forward would be able to play this weekend. However, García has yet to train fully with his teammates this week. Instead, he was worked apart from the group and has been increasing his work load every day.
According to sources, García will continue to do more in each training session leading up to Sunday’s match and the club expects him to be ready to play against Granada. The same, however, can’t be said for Kenan Kodro who has also worked separately with a muscle overload. At this point the striker’s availability for Sunday’s match is a serious question and will depend on his recover over the next three days.
García and Kodro has spent the week training under the supervision of Xabier Clemente and were joined by Iñaki Williams on Wednesday as the forward was dealing with a cold. Williams returned to Lezama for Thursday’s session but was immediately sent home by the medical staff due to illness. Williams is confident that he will be able to play this weekend and it should be noted that he just broke the Athletic record for most consecutive games played in La Liga with 133.
On another note, Gaizka Larrazabal trained normally on Thursday as did Yeray who had also worked with Clemente earlier in the week. Larrazabal sustained a cut to his head after colliding with Cristian Ganea on Wednesday and has already been cleared for the Granada match. At this point García, Williams, and Kodro are in a race for recovery and hopeful that they will be able to take the field at San Mamés in three days.