Iker Muniain Takes First Step Towards Returning From Hamstring Injury
Iker Muniain worked apart from the group in Friday’s training (AC)
Iker Muniain’s hamstring injury in late November put Athletic in a difficult situation. The captain has been the key spark in the attack this season and being sidelined for an extended period of time forced others to step up in his place. Early projections estimated that Muniain would be able to return to the team in January which looks very likely at this point.
On Friday, the squad trained at San Mamés ahead of this weekend’s match against Real Madrid and, for the first time since his injury, Muniain was present. Of course, the midfielder was unable to train with his teammates but did running drills apart from the group which is the first step towards returning to the field.
Typically, the next stage of recovery will include working with the ball before eventually being carefully brought back into the team. There will still be some time before Muniain is cleared to train and, more importantly, play in a match, though seeing the captain already running is an encouraging sign that his return isn’t far away.
Following Sunday’s match against Real Madrid, Athletic will be off for Christmas but will be back in action on 3 January when they travel to Sevilla. Having such a long break will give Iker Muniain even more time to continue his recovery and possibly get the medical green light early next month.