Barcelona's plan for Ronald Araujo to make the Clasico after injury
The Uruguayan defender finished the league Clasico with a thigh problem
FC Barcelona have a plan to ensure Ronald Araujo arrives in perfect condition for the decisive Clasico on April 5. At stake is the qualification for the final of the Copa del Rey and Xavi Hernandez wants to count on the Uruguayan to get back to marking Vinicius, the most dangerous and tricky forward Los Blancos have.
Araujo finished the match against Real Madrid in La Liga with significant discomfort in his left thigh. Despite the fact that this happened during the second half, the player wanted to complete the match and endured the last minutes with evident pain. But the match was very important for the final outcome of the league and he wanted to hold out.
The first decision taken by the club in agreement with the player was that he would not travel with his national team during the break. Uruguay play today against Japan and on the 28th against South Korea. It was, therefore, a very long trip that would not have helped his full recovery.
Araujo will rest these days and will not play the next league game against Elche on 1 April at the Martínez Valero. Barça do not want to force him in order to avoid possible relapses or further discomfort. The best example is what has happened with Dembélé and Pedri.
With this care plan, it is hoped that there will be no last-minute setbacks and the player will arrive at the Copa del Rey derby in full condition to help the team overcome Madrid again and clinch another final appearance.
Araujo is a key player for Xavi in these duels, not only because he is the player who can mark Vinicius best, but also because his aggression, intensity and commitment are essential.