Flu Outbreak Strikes Athletic Squad Ahead Of Cup Match

As Athletic prepare to travel to Las Llanas in just a few hours there’s still questions over how many players will be available for the cup match. Gaizka Garitano explained during Friday’s press conference that a portion of the team has been dealing with the flu and the manager has yet to announce the squad list to face Sestao River.

Mikel Balenziaga has been out of training since Wednesday with a fever and other players would eventually join him. Mikel San José, Gaizka Larrazabal, Cristian Ganea, Oihan Sancet, and Gorka Guruzeta all trained with Bilbao Athletic on Saturday and have been ruled out for the match while Unai Simón and Jokin Ezkieta are said to be unable to play. Ander Iru will serve as the backup goalkeeper to Iago Herrerín.

Regardless of which players are cleared to feature against River, Athletic will still be heavily favored to win and advance to the next round. For now, the following players are believed to be available for the match: Herrerín, Iru, Núñez, Martínez, Yeray, Lekue, Yuri, Capa, Vivian, Beñat, Unai López, Dani García, Vesga, Raúl García, Williams, Muniain, Córdoba, Ibai, Kodro, and Villalibre.

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