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Injury update: Key Barcelona defender expected to recover in time for Elche clash



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After receiving some bad news in the form of Andreas Christensen’s injury while on national team duty, Barcelona fans have some good news to greet as Javi Miguel of AS is reporting that Ronald Araujo will recover from his issue in time for the game against Elche.

Araujo sustained an injury in his left adductor during the 2-1 El Clasico win over Real Madrid last weekend. It led to the 24-year-old withdrawing from the Uruguayan national team squad for their friendly encounters against Japan and South Korea.

It was initially expected that Araujo could miss the game against Elche on April 1 but be ready in time for the Copa del Rey semi-final second leg against Real Madrid on the 5th.

But as per the latest update, the defender’s recovery is going very positively and he could receive his medical all-clear next Friday, which would then render him available for the La Liga encounter against Elche.

This development comes as a major boost for Barcelona as they lost Christensen to an injury last night. The 26-year-old Dane is expected to be out for around three to four weeks and will miss a number of matches next month, starting with the one against Elche.

But with Araujo set to be available, Xavi will have one of his defensive pillars on the pitch against the bottom-feeders of La Liga.

The report suggests that Barcelona could line up with a defensive unit of Sergi Roberto, Araujo, Eric Garcia and Jordi Alba against Elche, considering that Christensen is injured and both Jules Kounde and Alejandro Balde will have just returned from international duty.

Marcos Alonso is also an option for Xavi to line up at centre-back or left-back against Elche.

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