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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's Igor Martínez could be out for six weeks
Athletic Club's Igor Martínez could be out for six weeks ©Getty Images

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.