Athletic Bilbao midfielder Benat Etxebarria is facing two months on the sidelines due to a pelvic injury, according to reports.

The 30-year-old requires an operation on the pubis injury and is now set to miss the next eight La Liga games include the Basque derby against Real Sociedad and a return to former club Real Betis.

The central midfielder has appeared 13 times for Jose Angel Ziganda’s side this campaign but is now sidelined by the same injury as Oscar de Marcos.

Athletic have only two wins from their last 13 matches across all competitions and have struggled with absentees including Iker Munain to an ACL and Yeray Alvarez in his battle with testicular cancer .

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