Iker Muniain And Aritz Aduriz Eye Returns Against Sestao River
The La Liga season is currently on a break for the holidays and the time off will be a gift for Athletic. Over the past few months the Lions have had to contend with several major injuries that have had a big impact in the team. Iker Muniain and Aritz Aduriz have both been sidelined with several weeks with a hamstring and hip injury respectively, but could be back on the field very soon.
Aduriz recently returned to training and while he hasn’t been a full participant, he’s getting closer every day. The striker suffered the hip injury during training and is determined to make as many appearances as possible in the second half of the season before retiring at the end of the campaign.
Likewise, Muniain’s hamstring injury also took place during training. Losing the captain has been a significant blow for the Zurigorri and has forced other players to step up in his absence. Unlike Aduriz, Muniain has not returned to training but was seen running separately from his teammates last week. The 27-year-old has been relentless in his recovery, often working out twice each day, and Juanma Velasco of Marca reports that he could be fully reintegrated into the group within two weeks.
While the pair have already been ruled out for next week’s trip to Sevilla, the following Copa del Rey match against Sestao River on 11 January has been marked on the calendar as a potential return date. Muniain and Aduriz are expected to be back fully training by that time and may even be given medical clearance to play. Featuring against Sestao in some capacity would be an opportunity for them to be brought back into the team cautiously with key La Liga fixtures ahead.