Barcelona defender to be assessed before resuming training with the club

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Following Uruguay’s elimination from the FIFA World Cup, Ronald Araujo has already arrived in Barcelona. He will initially head to the Ciutat Esportiva, where the defender will undergo a medical examination by Barcelona’s medical services head, Dr. Ricard Pruna, who will provide further clarification over the Uruguayan’s current status.

According to Mundo Deportivo, reports suggest that the agreed hypothetical scenario between Barcelona and the Uruguay national team in which Araujo would end up representing his nation would be to use him in only a stage as late as the semi-final were the latter to reach that knockout round in the first place.

However, there were concerns and suspicions within the club that the medical staff of the national team, particularly the physical trainer Ortega and the coach Diego Alonso himself, rushed Araujo’s medical clearance and were willing to take unnecessary amounts of risks with his recovery in order to have him available to them regardless of the aftermath.

Now, the Catalans have four weeks until their clash with Espanyol in La Liga Santander and are estimating this to be the timeframe within which Araujo will then fully be available for deployment within the Blaugrana squad, thus the medical staff at the club plan to go about this recovery steadily and progressively, to ensure no risks have to be taken when it comes to the star defender.

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