Yuri Berchiche Still Dealing With Groin Injury
Without question, Yuri Berchiche was one of Europe’s top left-backs last season. What makes the 30-year-old’s performances even more impressive is the fact that he played most of the campaign injured. Berchiche sustained a dislocated shoulder in September which gave him problems for months before suffering a groin injury in the final stretch.
Having had only three weeks of summer vacation, Berchiche hasn’t fully recovered from the groin injury. Doctor Josean Lekue gave a press conference on Monday, during which he provided an update on the defender and explained that Berchiche will be following a separate training plan to ensure that he’s prepared to play when the new season starts.
“Yuri ended with a groin injury in the last part of the season, as you will recall, and it’s required individualized management because each case is a challenge. It doesn’t cause absolute immobility but it causes a lot of discomfort and it’s difficult to live with. We made an assessment and valued all of the possible options at the time last season ended.”
Fortunately, the injury didn’t require surgery. Berchiche will instead manage the pain on his own while being monitored closely by the medical team as he continues recovering from the issue.
“We ruled out an operation because it wasn’t required. We talked with the coaches and with the player himself to make an individual work plan. Yuri is active and does many things in an alternative way to the rest of the team so that he can return to start the season with everyone.”
Berchiche isn’t the only one who has started the preseason with an injury. Peru Nolaskoain returned from his loan with Deportivo with a right ankle sprain, which has so far prevented him from being able to fully train with his teammates.
“We have two physical problems in the squad. Yuri Berchiche, who I have mentioned, and the other is Peru Nolaskoain, who suffered a major sprain in the last stage with Deportivo. He’s working apart from the group at the moment. Peru still has some discomfort, but we have an idea that soon, in a few days, he will be back with the rest of the group. Therefore I think that both should be well for the start of La Liga on 12 September.”
Ensuring that Yuri Berchiche is available at the start of the season is a top priority for the club. Last year he was often allowed to train indoors during stretches where games were close together and that will likely be the case again to manage his fitness. At the same time, Peru Nolaskoain has proven that he’s ready to compete for a place in the team and getting back on the field as soon as possible will give him the best chance of convincing the manager.