The official website for European football

Athletic dealt Tiko injury blow

Published: Monday 9 October 2006, 17.03CET
Athletic Club Bilbao midfielder Roberto Martínez 'Tiko' will be sidelined for seven months after suffering a cruciate ligament injury playing for the Basque Country.

UEFA.com features

Making a difference
  • Making a difference
  • Match for Solidarity makes its mark
  • Futsal is flourishing - Aleksander Čeferin
  • The 'dos and don'ts' of coaching
  • UEFA VAR training in full swing
  • #EqualGame Conference focuses on diversity drive
  • The power of diversity in football
  • Communication strategy boosts women's football promotion
  • “Snow can’t stop me from playing football”
  • Equal Game Conference on anti-discrimination fight
1 of 10
Published: Monday 9 October 2006, 17.03CET

Athletic dealt Tiko injury blow

Athletic Club Bilbao midfielder Roberto Martínez 'Tiko' will be sidelined for seven months after suffering a cruciate ligament injury playing for the Basque Country.

Athletic Club Bilbao midfielder Roberto Martínez 'Tiko' will be sidelined for seven months after suffering a cruciate ligament injury playing for the Basque Country in an unofficial international against Catalonia on Sunday.

Surgery needed
The 30-year-old tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during his appearance as a substitute at the Camp Nou and will undergo surgery in a month's time, when the knee has settled down. Tiko's absence will be a blow to an Athletic side lying second from bottom in Spain's Primera División. The former CA Osasuna trainee has scored 21 goals in 193 league games during a seven-season stay at San Mamés.

Last updated: 09/10/06 17.06CET

Related information

Team profiles

https://www.uefa.com/news/newsid=465523.html#athletic+dealt+tiko+injury+blow