Asier Villalibre Ruled Out For Over One Month With Lumbar Fracture
Asier Villalibre spent the beginning of the season on the bench and rarely saw the field, but over time the young striker has been able to earn a place in Gaizka Garitano’s side. Since January, Villalibre has been an important part of the rotation, scoring three goals, and was even named to the starting lineup on a number of occasions. The 22-year-old has been coming on strong, though he will now be forced to return to the sidelines.
During the first half of Sunday’s match against Osasuna it was clear that Villalibre was in pain. He was seen favoring his lower back at times and asked to come off at halftime. After the game, Garitano confirmed that the forward was dealing with a back issue and the club has since released a medical report on the player.
On Wednesday, Athletic announced that Villalibre has been diagnosed with a lumbar fracture which normally requires a recovery period of four to six weeks. Javier Ortiz De Lazcano of El Correo has reported that Villalibre will likely be sidelined for the full six weeks and has already been ruled out for the Copa del Rey semifinal second leg against Granada.
With this being an uncommon injury in football, the most important thing right now is for Asier Villalibre to be given the time to recover properly. The Lezama product has flashed his potential over the past month and will be ready to continue fighting for his place in the team once he’s fully fit and cleared to play again.