Urzaiz makes welcome return
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Athletic Bilbao striker Ismael Urzaiz has made his long-awaited return to first-team action.Athletic Bilbao were given an extra boost during their Copa del Rey triumph over Real Union on Thursday night as striker Ismael Urzaiz made his return to first-team action.
The 33-year-old has been out of action for around three months with a thigh injury he picked up in a pre-season friendly with Eibar.
The former Spain international had seen his return to action repeatedly delayed after he suffered complications, but made it on in the closing stages of Thursday's 1-0 triumph.
He replaced Joseba Etxeberria for the final three minutes of the match, although he did not touch the ball.
However, the very sight of the powerful hit-man back on the pitch will be reassuring to Athletic fans as there had been fears the injury could threaten his career given its degenerative nature.