Ronald Araujo injury latest: When will defender return for Barcelona?

Ronald Araujo injury latest: When will defender return for Barcelona?

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Araujo has been forced to pull out of the Uruguay squad during the international break

After winning the clásico at Spotify Camp Nou 2-1, practically sealing the championship and once again drying out Vinicius, Barcelona's Ronald Araujo finished the game with some discomfort.

The Barça centre-back, after completing another great performance against Real Madrid, will have to rest, as explained by the Catalan club. 

Barça statement

FC Barcelona, through social media, shared the extent of his injury on Monday: "The first team player Ronald Araujo has an injury in the adductor of the left thigh. He is out of action and his evolution will mark his availability."

No national team duty

He will not be able to travel with Uruguay. During this break, they face Japan on March 24 and South Korea on March 28. Both are friendly matches that Araujo will miss in order to recover in Barcelona.

When will he be back for Barça?

Barça's next LaLiga fixture will be on April 1 at Elche. Given the situation of Xavi Hernandez's side, 12 points clear in the league, the decision could be taken not to take any risks with the centre-back so that he can arrive in the best possible condition for the Copa del Rey clásico, which is the main objective.

Before the match against Almería, Araujo himself explained that: "I have a bit of discomfort in the adductor where I suffered an injury [before]."

This season he was already out of action for some time, even missing the World Cup due to a long-term problem.

Objective: Clásico

Although Barça, as usual, have not explained the length of time Araujo will be out of the team, the date marked in red on the calendar is April 5. Madrid will once again visit the Blaugrana stadium in the semi-final of the Copa. With a narrow 0-1 lead, thanks to Militao's own goal, Xavi is aware of the importance of being able to count on Araujo to be able to hold on to the advantage.

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