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Aduriz targeting weekend return against Barcelona

Aduriz targeting weekend return against Barcelona

JUAN FLOR

Diario AS

The striker is set to make his comeback from injury against the league leaders in Camp Nou having not featured for The Lions since the opening weekend.

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Athletic striker Aritz Aduriz, who has been out of action since the first week of LaLiga action with a persistent muscle problem, is expected to return this weekend as the Lions travel to Camp Nou to face league leaders Barcelona.

Aduriz, who started Athletic’s first game of the season, a 2-1 victory over Leganés, has not featured since although he did make the bench for the 1-1 draw against Real Madrid but was not included as Eduardo Berizzo’s side suffered their first defeat of the season on Wednesday against Villarreal.

Unai Simón to continue in goal at Camp Nou

According to Berizzo, Aduriz was not “100 percent” ahead of the visit of the Submarine, who won 3-0 in San Mamés, but the return of the 37-year-old striker in Camp Nou will be a huge boost for a side who have been scoring reasonably freely in the early stages of the campaign but failing to turn draws into wins.

Goalkeeper Iago Herrerín remains sidelined, leaving 21-year-old Unai Simón to watch the sticks in Camp Nou after his heroics against Madrid. Markel Susaeta is available again after serving a one-match ban against Villarreal and Dani García could come into the side on Saturday as Berizzo shuffles his pack during a busy fixture schedule.

LaLiga Santander

Table PTS W D L
12Eibar 7 2 1 3
13Athletic 6 1 3 1
14Betis 6 1 3 1
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Barcelona - Athletic S-29/09 16:15
Athletic - R. Sociedad V-05/10 21:00
Eibar - Athletic D-21/10 16:15
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*Update 27 de septiembre de 2018

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