Athletic Bilbao midfielder Garcia trains normally

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Lezama (Spain), Aug 2 (IANS) Athletic Bilbao’s midfielder Raul Garcia on Thursday trained normally in a session as he seemed to have fully recovered from a minor muscle injury sustained recently.

The 32-year-old Garcia was struggling over his fitness in the the past few weeks but he trained with the group in a session that saw coach Eduardo Berizzo putting emphasis on the attacking side, reports Efe.

Central defender Iñigo Martinez is the only Bilbao player who remains sidelined with a muscle injury but is expected to rejoin team practices next week.

Athletic Bilbao are scheduled to train on Friday morning behind closed doors prior to the upcoming pre-season friendlies.

Bilbao are scheduled to take on fellow Spanish La Liga side Real Sociedad on Saturday at Stadium Gal in Irun.

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Then the Basque team is to participate on Sunday in the Opel Cup, a friendly mini-tournament that consists of three 45-minute matches to be held in Mainz.

Athletic Bilbao are scheduled to play Italy’s Fiorentina and Germany’s FSV Mainz 05.

–IANS

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