Athletic Club's Iker Muniain suffers cruciate ligament injury

The player left the field of play at San Mamés in tears during the 0-1 defeat to Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League group game and will face at least six months out

Muniain, taken off at San Mamés.

Athletic Club have confirmed that Iker Muniain suffered a tear to the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the Europea League defeat to FC Zorya.

The 24-year-old is expected to be out for at least six months, and thus looks to have played his final minutes of the 2017-18 season.

Athletic loss, Muniain tears

Athletic de Bilbao Iker Muniain in action before the painful ending to the game against Zorya.

Dropping three points at home could hit the team from Bilbao hard in their attempts to qualify for the in top position for the knockout phase of the Europa League but losing Muniain will also hurt their Liga ambitions. The Spaniard was stretchered off in added on time holding his right leg clearly in agony.

Further injury woes for Muniain

The midfielder has had a torrid time with injuries. In 2015 he suffered a torn cruciate knee ligament against Sevilla that kept him out for half a year and he, along with manager, teammates and fans, will be hoping that this injury is not as bad. We await confirmation from the club.