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Athletic's Martínez facing six-week lay-off

Published: Thursday 22 September 2011, 23.56CET
Athletic Club will be without Igor Martínez for Thursday's UEFA Europa League encounter against Paris Saint-Germain FC after the forward fractured his shin against Málaga CF.
Athletic's Martínez facing six-week lay-off
Athletic Club's Igor Martínez could be out for six weeks ©Getty Images
 
 
Published: Thursday 22 September 2011, 23.56CET

Athletic's Martínez facing six-week lay-off

Athletic Club will be without Igor Martínez for Thursday's UEFA Europa League encounter against Paris Saint-Germain FC after the forward fractured his shin against Málaga CF.

Athletic Club have been deprived of Igor Martínez for next Thursday's UEFA Europa League meeting with Paris Saint-Germain FC after the 22-year-old forward suffered a fractured shin bone during his side's Liga defeat by Málaga CF.

Martínez was carried off injured in the 71st minute of Wednesday's 1-0 reverse in southern Spain, with initial reports suggesting he could be sidelined for six weeks. Any such absence would make him a doubt for the Group F double-header against FC Salzburg on 20 October and 3 November.

The news is a further blow to Leones coach Marcelo Bielsa, who has lost midfielder Ander Herrera for five weeks with damaged knee cartilage. Athletic – who have collected just one point from four Liga outings – opened their UEFA Europa League group stage campaign with a 2-1 victory at ŠK Slovan Bratislava.

Last updated: 26/09/11 10.21CET

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