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Ronald Araujo set to undergo surgery in Finland – report

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After much deliberation over the course of treatment he should follow, Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo has decided to undergo surgery and not opt for conservative treatment.

This claim comes from Mundo Deportivo, who state that the 23-year-old has decided to go under the knife after consultation with Xavi Hernandez and the rest of Barcelona staff, with whom he had a meeting earlier today.

The Uruguayan picked up a thigh injury during an international friendly against Iran and was expected to be sidelined for close to two months. Surgery would mean that he would be out of action for a little longer than that, potentially ruling out his involvement in the World Cup.

Hence, the national team wanted him to opt for conservative treatment but Araujo has decided to choose surgery keeping in mind his long-term career so that he avoids relapse of the injuries.

The report adds that Araujo will be operated on at the Neo Hospital in Finland by Dr Lasse Lempainen, who has performed surgeries on Ousmane Dembele (thrice) and Sergi Roberto in the past.

The operation could be scheduled for the next Thursday, following which Araujo will likely be out for ten weeks. So, he could be sidelined until Barcelona’s derby encounter against Espanyol on New Year’s eve.

The same has been corroborated by Gerard Romero, who also states that Araujo will be operated on to treat his thigh injury.

It was a difficult decision for Araujo, but the defender, after discussion with the Uruguay coach Diego Alonso and the staff at Barcelona, has opted for surgery knowing that it will be the best course for him in the long run, even though it might lead to him missing the World Cup.

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