Athletic Club Bilbao midfielder Javi González faces a month on the sidelines as he is due to undergo knee surgery.
The 30-year-old has torn cartilage in his right knee and will be operated on tomorrow. Doctors will reveal the length of time the player will be laid off for after assessing the outcome of the surgery, but the standard recovery period is four weeks.
Javi González joins striker Santiago Ezquerro (thigh), centre-back Óscar Vales (calf) and midfielder Tiko (ankle) on Athletic's injury list ahead of tomorrow's UEFA Cup group stage game at home to Parma FC.
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