Thursday, December 9

Araujo suffers a muscle injury with Uruguay and returns to Barcelona


He had to ask for the change against Argentina when there was little more than a quarter of an hour left to finish the game. Claimed Ronald araujo, who was playing as a starter in the defeat of the Uruguayan team (3-0), the substitution because he noticed muscle discomfort in his right leg. Now, Barça has confirmed that the central defender suffers from “a hamstring injury”, which is why he loses the duel against Brazil as he immediately flies to Barcelona. The Barça club has not yet facilitated the recovery period of the defender, who has It is very difficult to be in the decisive week that will be lived at the Camp Nou.

Decisive both in the League with the visit that starts this Sunday from Valencia (9:00 p.m.) and ends with the classic against Madrid (Sunday 24, 16:15 h), both games at the Camp Nou, as well as the crucial clash of Champions League with Dinamo Kiev (6:45 pm), crucial because Barça have lost the first two European days (0-3 with Bayern and 3-0 with Benfica), so they have already exhausted their margin of error.

The low of Araujo, which had consolidated itself in the defense axis (starting in three of the last four Barça games), represents a serious problem for Koeman, forced to articulate a new pair of centrals for that triple commitment that will decide the immediate future of the team. And, of course, from the coach himself, whom Laporta He has given him support just before the fall in the Metropolitan with Atlético. Support conditional on urgently straightening the erratic march of the team.

Four injuries in 20-21

It is the first problem Araujo suffers this season after suffering up to four injuries (two muscular and two on the left ankle), which caused him to miss a total of 15 games. Now, no official time has been set for the 22-year-old Uruguayan central defender, whom the club plans to renew within the sports policy that it has drawn up. Mateo Alemany, football director, to ensure the continuity of young talents:Pedri, Ansu Fati, Gavi….

Lenglet has played just 95 minutes in seven games this season; Umtiti has not even debuted yet

TO KoemanMeanwhile, it is up to him to choose between the other five center-backs of the squad, the position with the best cover. Eric Garcia and Pique They appear as the most viable option for the technician since he is using Mingueza more as a side than in the axis of the rear.

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Lenglet, who only started against Getafe (he played 90 minutes), has had a marginal role in that defensive rotation since he has only played 95 minutes in the nine games. And Umtiti? Not even a single one. The former Olympique de Lyon player, whom Laporta he considered it “strategic” to recover, so he authorized him to stay at Barça despite the fact that he was sought, and without any success, an outlet in the summer market.


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