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Iñaki Williams shakes off injury to make amazing 237th straight LaLiga appearance

Iñaki Williams celebrates after scoring for Athletic Club against Cadiz in LaLiga.
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Athletic Club attacker Iñaki Williams recovered from an ankle injury in time to continue his incredible run of appearances in LaLiga.

Williams was injured during Athletic's 4-0 win at Cadiz last weekend – his 236th consecutive game for the Basque outfit in LaLiga – and was expected to miss Sunday's clash at home to Espanyol.

But the 28-year-old was named in the starting line-up by coach Ernesto Valverde and played the opening 71 minutes in his side's 1-0 loss to Espanyol.

Both Iñaki and brother Nico featured from the outset in Athletic's first defeat of the season, but neither were on the pitch when Martin Braithwaite netted a late winner for the visitors.

The elder of the Williams brothers, Iñaki has not missed a match in LaLiga for six-and-a-half years.

He broke the previous record of 203 consecutive appearances, set by Juan Antonio Larrañaga of Real Sociedad between 1986 and 1992, in a home match against Deportivo Alaves last year.

And on Sunday, he extended that mark to 237 – a record which seems unlikely to be broken for a long, long time.

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Weekend editor

Ben Hayward is Weekend Editor for FourFourTwo. A European football writer with over 15 years’ experience, he has covered games all over the world - including three World Cups, several Champions League finals, Euros, Copa América - and has spent much of that time in Spain. He currently divides his time between Barcelona and London.