Ronald Araujo closer and closer to Barca return

Ronald Araujo closer and closer to Barca return

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Ronald Araujo is making his return, likely within the next week, although there will be no rush in bringing the Uruguayan defender back after he suffered a hamstring injury in his left leg during a training session in mid-August.

The club's medical staff has always opted for caution, given Araujo's history of muscle injuries. However, Araujo's eagerness to return and expedite his recovery has played a role in this decision. These factors may converge next week.

Araujo won't return this Sunday against Betis, and making his debut in the Champions League next Tuesday against Antwerp in Montjuïc seems a bit tight, although it cannot be ruled out.

A more reasonable return date would be against Celta Vigo at home on September 23, provided there is consensus among all parties and the medical team gives him the green light. The less optimistic, but more prudent scenario, would see him return a few days later on September 26 in Mallorca.

In any case, Araujo's return is closer than ever and is highly anticipated by both Xavi Hernández and the entire team, not to mention the fans who idolize him.

It's worth noting that Ronald Araujo got injured while playing as a right-back but will return as a central defender. With Joao Cancelo now in the squad as a right-back, Araujo's natural position, there will be a shift in the defensive lineup.

The season is long, and everyone will have their opportunities, but once Araujo is fully fit, he is expected to be an undisputed starter. Koundé, Christensen, and Iñigo Martínez will compete for the other spot, all of them talented players who could start for any team, but Araujo's level is on another plane, and Xavi is aware of that.

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