Athletic will start the mini preseason after the break for the World Cup

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The vacation is over. Athletic is back to work today in Lezama after a fourteen day vacation due to the World Cup break to be held in Qatar. The lions are summoned to Lezama (11 am, doors open to all fans) to begin a kind of mini preseason before returning to competition on December 20 in the confrontation against Sestao River in Las Llanas (9 pm). which equates to a second Cup tie , which will again be a single match. At stake is the ticket for the round of 32 to be played between January 3 and 5, 2023, as all First Division teams are in contention, including Real Madrid, Barça, Betis and Valencia, who are not included in the first two. qualifiers as participants in the Super Cup to be held in Saudi Arabia like last year.

The last match was definitely in the first round of KO with a victory against Alzira (0-2, with goals from Berenguer Y Nico Williams). Yuri Berchiche he left the field physically affected with a sprained ankle after a challenge from a rival player in midfield. The physical state of the side from Zarauztarra is certainly one of the doubts on the return to training. Others are to find out if Daniel Garcia, who has missed the last four games -three in the League (Villarreal, Girona and Valladolid) and one in the Cup- due to a muscle injury in his left leg sustained at the Camp Nou, is training normally with the rest of his teammates in team. Everything indicates that the midfielder from Zumarraga is now available to play the derby against the verdinegros. The rest of the lions went on vacation in perfect physical condition.

Logically, the three World Cup players will not be with their teammates today, first simon and the brothers williams. Usually, they enjoy a few days off after their Qatar tour before joining the group in Lezama. Right now they are in contention for the group stage. The team will train in a double session tomorrow Tuesday and in the morning hours Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On Saturday he will rest and return to exercise on Sunday.

Ibaigane set three preparations. The Bilbao team receives Chivas de Guadalajara on December 11 (7:00 pm) in the first leg of the Gernika Tree Trophy that opens the commemoration of the club’s 125th anniversary in 2023. On Thursday 15, they visit Burgos in El Plantío (7: 30 pm) on the occasion of the centenary of the Burgos entity, where the striker of the subsidiary is playing on loan Juan Artola, and two days later he travels to Italy to face Udinese at the Dacia Arena (8:00 pm). The Udine team occupies the eighth position in Serie A with 24 points in 15 games played after six wins, as many draws and three defeats.

From that moment, the second part of the 2022-23 season will begin. After the appointment before the Aitor Callethe lions play on December 29 against Betis the clash that amounts to the fifteenth day of the League before facing a very busy January, with four regularity tournament commitments and three KO qualifiers.

Source: La Verdad

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