Williams has been ever-present for the Spanish side this season and has importantly contributed with both goals and assists.
Athletic Bilbao coach laments expected absence of Inaki Williams during AFCON
Athletic Bilbao manager Ernesto Bilbao says the club will miss Inaki Williams when he joins Ghana for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
The 29-year-old was once again on the score sheet when Athletic Bilbao drew 1-1 with Girono in La Liga at the weekend.
This took Williams’ goals involvement for the season to nine (six goals and three assists) in all competitions and his club manager believes he will be missed when he heads for the AFCON.
“Inaki is always in a good place. By the time he goes to the AFCON, we will start by being sharp,” Valverde told the media, as quoted by Citi Sports.
“But at the moment, we will go through at least December without any problems. We will lament his absence but we will see how things will turn out.”
Williams could miss four weeks of action for Athletic Bilbao should Ghana reach the semi-finals/finals of the AFCON, which is scheduled for January 13 to February 11, 2024.
The forward, though, is yet to replicate his prolific club form at the international level, having scored just once in 12 matches for Ghana.
His solitary goal, however, came in a crucial 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Comoros at the Baba Yara Stadium in November.
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