Gurpegi ban lifted
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Gurpegi, who has always denied knowingly taking any banned substance, tested positive for 19-norandrosterone, a metabolite of the steroid nandrolone, in the first match of the season on September 1.
"It's a step forward, we consider the player to be innocent and we want to be able to count on him," said Bilbao sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta.
"We are now hoping that our appeal against the two-year ban itself will be successful."
The 22-year-old was originally suspended on February 15 while the case was being investigated, but the ban was lifted at the start of April following an appeal by the Basque club.