Asier Villalibre Could Return From Back Injury Before The End Of The Month
Asier Villalibre had just found a regular place in the team before suffering a lumbar fracture nearly three weeks ago against Osasuna. At the time, the striker was expected to miss somewhere around four to six weeks recovering from the injury and those estimations appear to be accurate. Villalibre has already started running on his own and will soon be able to rejoin his teammates in training.
The expectation is that Villalibre will be able to return from the back injury before the end of the month, according to a report from Jon Zubieta of Mundo Deportivo. If that is the case, the 22-year-old would theoretically be cleared in time to be available for Athletic’s Copa del Rey final on 18 April. However, there is a strong possibility that the final will be postponed until May as Spain continues to battle the Coronavirus outbreak along with the rest of Europe.
Along with Villalibre, Oscar De Marcos is also in line to return before the Cup final. The right-back underwent ankle surgery back in December and is very close to being cleared to train with the rest of the group. If all goes according to plan, Gaizka Garitano could have the entire squad available for the Copa del Rey final which will be a historic Basque Derby against rivals Real Sociedad.