Araújo is here: he does part of the session with the group

The Uruguayan central defender, who could be on the list for Saturday's game against Sevilla in LaLiga, reappears after injuring his left ankle 18 days ago.


As we anticipated in AS, Ronald Araújo rejoined training with the group this Thursday, with the clear intention of playing this Saturday's LaLiga game against Sevilla or, at the latest, the momentous Copa del Rey next Wednesday against the Seville team.

The Uruguayan central defender, who suffered a grade two sprain to his left ankle on February 7 during the game against Betis, was given an unofficial time of three weeks to return to the pitch. However, in nine days he already tried to reappear, forcing his return and even agreeing to infiltrate his ankle, to play the first leg of the Champions League against PSG. In the end, both the technicians and the doctors considered it very hasty as there was a high risk of relapse.

Now, the only question is whether Koeman will summon him for this Saturday's LaLiga match or will he wait for Wednesday's Cup match. The coach has already expressed his doubts to call him this weekend, having only two training sessions ahead of him, although it is evident that the needs of the defense team sometimes require making a series of complicated decisions.

As AS has learned, the player is fully recovered and wants to be discharged this Friday to travel to Seville. The doctors, in principle, would give the go-ahead, but it remains to be seen if Koeman considers that he has enough competition rhythm with only two training sessions after having been out for 18 days.The return of Araújo will undoubtedly be one of the best news for a Barcelona in great need of the forcefulness and leadership capacity of the Uruguayan central defender, especially in the face of the next games of the season, where the team needs to stop the bleeding of goals conceded. There is no doubt that the Piqué and Araújo pair is presented as the ideal to settle the team in the rear.

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