Yeray makes first appearance since May

Athletic Bilbao defender Yeray Alvarez has played his first football match in seven months after his second return from testicular cancer.

Yeray played in an Under-23 club for the Basque club against Swansea City on Wednesday night in Wales in his first appearance since the 2016/17 campaign.

The central defender has twice fought cancer successfully in the past year, most recently undergoing a course of chemotherapy, while his Athletic teammates showed solidarity with the 22-year-old by shaving their heads.

Yeray made 33 appearances for the Basque giants last year despite his season being disrupted by the first diagnosis, and a first-team return is now expected in the New Year.

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