According to a report from Javi Miguel of AS, Barcelona are following the situation surrounding Ronald Araujo ahead of the FIFA World Cup very closely as they are getting increasingly concerned about his injury relapsing.
Araujo suffered a thigh injury while on international duty and had to undergo surgery on September 28. Following the operation in Finland, it was believed that the Uruguayan defender will be unavailable to return for at least two and a half to three months.
But, the 23-year-old was named in the Uruguay squad for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Barcelona gave the green light for Araujo to travel as long as he was accompanied by a club physio.
It was further reported that the Blaugrana had a gentleman’s agreement with the Uruguayan Football Federation for them to not use Araujo until the knockout stages of the World Cup.
But Barcelona are worried that Uruguay might not hold up their end of the bargain and might rush him back to action in the group stages itself. This comes in light of Araujo’s increased intensity in training sessions with the national team camp.
It has not even been two months since Araujo underwent surgery. But he is pushing hard to return to action and has been involved in group training sessions already.
While the defender has assured the club that he will not force himself back, Barça are still concerned that Uruguay might play him in the group stages itself.
La Celeste begin their World Cup campaign against South Korea on November 24 before they face Portugal four days later and that is when they could bring Araujo into the fold suspects Javi Miguel, meaning he would be back in action two weeks before the minimum recovery time that was expected for him.
In such a situation, Barcelona will demand an explanation from the Uruguayan Football Federation as they would be in violation of the agreement.
It remains to be seen how the situation evolves in the coming days as Barcelona continue to carefully monitor the development around Araujo.