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Key Barcelona defender could be out for 2-3 weeks, will push to return for El Clasico



The international break has come as a bane for Barcelona as their players are getting injured while playing for their countries.

Jules Kounde (France) and Memphis Depay (Netherlands) sustained injuries on Thursday night and have been ruled out for close to a month.

On top of that, Frenkie de Jong also picked up an injury on Thursday and even though it was initially believed that he was okay, the Dutchman has since returned to Barcelona and could be sidelined for a week at least.

Now, Javi Miguel of AS has provided an update on the situation of Ronald Araujo, who became the latest Barcelona player to get injured on international duty.

Indeed, the 23-year-old defender did not last even a minute after kickoff in Uruguay’s friendly encounter against Iran as he had to come off with a muscle problem.

And Javi Miguel is stating that after initial assessments, it is believed that the Barcelona defender could be sidelined for at least 2-3 weeks.

It would mean that Araujo is all but certain to miss the Catalans’ La Liga clashes against Celta Vigo and the UEFA Champions League double-header versus Inter Milan next month.

His involvement for the biggest clash of the La Liga calendar – El Clasico – on October 16 is also a doubt at this point. But the journalist states that Araujo will push himself to be available for the match against league leaders Real Madrid.

More tests will be carried out once he is back at Barcelona, following which a clearer picture of his injury and expected recovery time should emerge.

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