NEWS
Tuesday May 8 2018
Raul Garcia has heart surgery

Athletic Bilbao midfielder Raul Garcia will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery for mild heart arrhythmia.

A statement on Athletic’s official website notes Garcia stayed at the IMQ Zorrotzaurre clinic overnight and will be discharged from hospital on Tuesday ‘if everything goes smoothly’.

Furthermore, the 31-year-old will not be available for the Basques’ final two Liga games of the season so he can recover from the operation.

Mundo Deportivo notes the former Atletico Madrid man missed 3-4 weeks of preseason last year due to ‘a slight electrocardiographic abnormality’.

Therefore, Garcia ends the season with 14 goals in 48 appearances, having also played his 100th game for the club in October.

Football Italia website