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Iker Muniain will no longer play for Athletic

Iker Muniain's next destination

Jesus Carames

May 15, 2024 | 4:56 p.m.

Athletic Club faces the final stretch of the season with a list of injuries that complicate Ernesto Valverde's options. Added to the already known casualties are the recent ones of Iker Muniain and Nico Williams.

Athletic Club is experiencing a difficult end to the season, with several key players out of play. Ernesto Valverde, in his appearance before the media this Tuesday, warned about possible absences for the next match against Celta de Vigo. With Gorka Guruzeta recently operated on and Yuri Berchiche suspended due to an accumulation of yellow cards, the last few hours have added two more casualties to the infirmary: Iker Muniain and Nico Williams.

Official medical report of Athletic Club

The red and white club issued an official statement announcing the injuries of Muniain and Williams. Both players will miss the next match against Celta de Vigo:

«The players Iker Muniain and Nico Williams will not travel tomorrow with the rest of their teammates as they have been dropped from the squad against RC Celta de Vigo. Iker Muniain suffers from a bruise on the quadriceps of his right leg. On the other hand, Nico Williams suffers from an overload in the hamstring muscles of his right leg. Evolution remains pending.

Impact of injuries on the team

These injuries are a hard blow for Valverde's team, who already had a reduced squad due to other casualties. However, this situation also opens an opportunity for young talents from the quarry. Valverde has called up several players from the reserve team, such as Egiluz, Jauregizar, Hugo Rincón and Olabarrieta, to reinforce the first team.

Remaining calendar and objectives of Athletic Club

Athletic Club still has three games to play this season. After the confrontation against Celta de Vigo, the lions will face Sevilla in San Mamés and will close the season in Vallecas against Rayo Vallecano. Despite the difficulties, the team is in an enviable position, fighting for a place in European competitions both through LaLiga EA Sports and the Copa del Rey.

The immediate challenge for Valverde will be to manage these absences and keep the team focused on achieving its objectives. Injuries to key players such as Muniain and Williams underline the importance of squad depth and the team's ability to adapt in critical moments.

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