The new challenge for Lekue

Overcoming two injuries last year, the versatile side starts from scratch in the preseason of Athletic. It will try to convince Garitano to be part of its staff.


A fracture in the right peroneal malleolus, and a second lesion in the form of lumbar discotapia kept Iñigo Lekue out of the lists almost all last season and even another haul left him knocked out of the last squad against Sevilla. On July 4 starts from scratch in the Athletic stage. He only thinks about vindicating himself, although some clubs are attentive in case he were on loan.

Up to ten months have elapsed since Lekue played the last official match, two years ago against Espanyol, until he was summoned against Atlético. There were only ten days to finish the last campaign: "Everything goes out," commented the versatile side Deusto. In the last preseason he had to undergo surgery on his foot, and then he returned to the operating room in the back. "It is not easy to have long-term injuries and go through the operating room twice. Everything is forgotten, "he added. He started for the first time against Real Madrid at the end of April, with only 31 minutes of baggage: "I could play, we prepared for this", slid.

Lekue, who can play in the four corners of the field, ends contract in June 2023. It is an asset of Athletic, although the thirty players with which the preseason starts a challenge.

Last summer they probed Girona and Leganés

Last summer several clubs were attentive to the future of Iñigo Lekue, which, nevertheless, Berizzo contemplated as a resource in his scheme for his versatility. Girona, Leganés, Valladolid, Deportivo, English championship clubs followed the track, but his injury in the last section of the preseason definitely subjected him to the work of Lezama. Lekue is aware that he has Capa and Berchiche as the owners of the two bands, but that his call among the 18 chosen of each semen would serve Garitano to cover any gap in both bands, both in the defensive profile and in the offensive



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