Barça's Koeman on Araujo: He's in the squad and there's a chance he plays

The defender is back after three weeks out with an ankle problem

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Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman previewed Saturday's vital game against Sevilla in a press conference on Friday at the club's training ground.

He spoke about defender Ronald Araujo, who has returned from an ankle injury and been named in the squad for the match three weeks after getting injured against Real Betis.

Koeman wouldn't confirm if he will start or not, though: "He's in the squad and everyone in the squad has a chance of playing. We will decide the team tomorrow morning, you'll see tomorrow if he plays or not."

Asked about Araujo again, Koeman added: "Ronald's had a really good season so far, a young defender who has learned a lot and has shown his quality and his physique.

"In the modern game, it's important to have players who are strong and quick. I have said he had to improve with the ball but he adds a lot in defence."

We will see on Saturday if he pairs Araujo with Gerard Pique, with the duo, injuries permitting, now Barça's first-choice pairing at the back.




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