Ibai Gómez And Beñat Ruled Out Of Barcelona Match With Injuries
Yuri Berchiche’s absence will leave a massive hole in the Athletic team on Tuesday night. The left-back is suspended for the trip to Barcelona after picking up his 5th yellow card of the season over the weekend and replacing his production on the field will be a challenge. Meanwhile, Gaizka Garitano will now have to make do without two other players who have since been ruled out for the match.
Prior to Garitano pregame press conference on Monday, the club announced that Beñat and Ibai Gómez would miss training at Lezama due to discomfort. Beñat has been sidelined with a muscle overload in his left hip while Gómez is dealing with a patellar tendon issue in his right leg.
Both players have struggled for chances since the return of La Liga. Gómez has played just 12 minutes over the past three games and Beñat has yet to see the field at all. However, not having either available will significantly impact the squad’s depth. On one hand the absences could allow for starlets such as Unai Vencedor or Gorka Guruzeta to be brought into the team, but there’s no replacement for experience when playing at Camp Nou.