Athletic start ‘foreigner’ for EL

Aymeric Laporte starts for Athletic Bilbao against Hapoel Kiryat Shmona tonight, making him only the second 'none Basque' player to play for the club.

The young defender is of French descent and joins Bixente Lizarazu as the only 'foreigners' to play for the San Mames club.

Marcelo Bielsa has named an experimental line-up for the Europa League game in Israel, as both teams are out of the competition.

Youth teamers Jonas Ramalho, Erik Moran, Alvaro Pena and Igor Martinez all get a game, and Fernando Llorente makes a rare start.

The match was abandoned last week following the threat of danger in the country.

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