Athletic Club without just one star in training before Copa del Rey final

Athletic Club head coach Ernesto Valverde was able to call upon almost a full complement of players, for his latest training session on Wednesday.

As much of course comes amid ongoing preparations for the headline fixture of the club’s campaign, this weekend.

Los Leones are primed to lock horns with RCD Mallorca on Saturday, in the finale of the Copa del Rey.

Athletic will head into proceedings boasting understandable favourite status, battling for a top-4 La Liga berth whilst their opponents continue their fight against relegation.

And the hopes of the Basque outfit, as alluded to above, look set to be boosted ever further, by a clean bill of health on the personnel front.

As per a report from Mundo Deportivo, all but one member of Valverde’s ranks were present at the Lezama training centre earlier today.

The group included Nico Williams, who appears to have fully recovered from the hamstring issue which kept him out of Sunday’s La Liga meeting with Real Madrid.

The one absentee came in the form of defender Yeray Álvarez, who looks increasingly likely to miss out on Saturday night.

Conor Laird | GSFN

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