Athletic Club midfielder Benat Etxebarria has been ruled out for two months after suffering a pevic injury.
The 30-year-old former Real Betis man was told by club doctors that he would need an operation to solve the problem and is will now miss the next eight league games, which include the Basque derby with Real Sociedad.
The central midfielder has featured on 13 occasions this season but will now face a spell on the sidelines, along with Oscar de Marcos, who has a similar injury.
Benat’s injury also sees him join Iker Muniain and Yeray Alvarez, who are out through ACL and testicular cancer.
Treatment in Munich took place on Monday with German doctor Ulrike Muschaweck.
Its going to be a long international break for Athletic Club manager Jose Angel Ziganda as his team lost 3-1 to Celta at the weekend, slipping closer to the relegation zone.
It was an embrassing first half for Los Leones as they shipped in all three goals in the first half an hour. Sergi Gomez scored the first and his first in La Liga from an indirect free kick.
Iago Aspas then captilized on a mistake from the youngster Santiago Nunez to make it 2-0. Nunez was then partly at fault Celta’s third getting beaten to Sisto cross by Aspas. The Celta front man has now scored six in his last four games.
Raul Garica stunning volley gave a slither of hope to the travelling support, but, Ziganda’s men once again failed to make the most of their chances as they asserted themselves in the second half. Celta were quite lucky on a few occassions, Ruben Blanco clearing Laporte’s header off the line and Nunez heading wide from a free kick.
The hosts, however were well worth their 3-1 win and now momentarily join Real Sociedad in mid table. Its Athletic’s first loss at the Balaidos in 13 years and they are now five points above the relegation zone.
The international break now gives the Athletic board time to consider wether they have the right man for the job.