Key Barcelona defender misses training ahead of Celta clash

SEVILLE, SPAIN - JANUARY 21: Ronald Araujo of FC Barcelona celebrates his team's third goal, scored by teammate Joao Felix during the LaLiga EA Sports match between Real Betis and FC Barcelona at Estadio Benito Villamarin on January 21, 2024 in Seville, Spain.
Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

FC Barcelona put in a significantly below-par performance in their last La Liga match against Granada, as the team conceded three goals against a team currently battling relegation and is currently 19th in the league.

Xavi rued the defensive mistakes made by his team when talking to the media after this match, but one of the reasons responsible for this poor defensive showing could be the absence of Ronald Araujo, who is one of the best defenders in the Barcelona squad.

His absence from the starting lineup for this match was surprising enough, but he did not even warm up at any point in the game despite the problems being faced by the Barcelona backline.

Now, Mundo Deportivo reports that the defender was not even able to participate in the recovery session that was scheduled by the club after the match against Granada.

However, the report further mentions that Araujo’s absence is nothing to be worried about, as he is only suffering from a muscle fatigue because of the abundance of minutes he has played this season.

The technical staff wanted him to get a fourteen-day rest, and as things stand, he will return to the pitch for the upcoming game against Celta Vigo.

Xavi had already explained in his presser after the match that Araujo was fine but fatigued because of his high playing time, and he wanted to play Inigo Martinez and Pau Cubarsi because of their passing abilities.

In addition to Araujo, seven players who have been injured also did not take part in the training session, including Joao Felix, Ferran Torres, Gavi, Marcos Alonso, Alejandro Balde, Sergi Roberto, and Oriol Romeu.

However, Romeu is expected to be back for the Celta game as there was no medical report published on him. Sergi Roberto can also return for this match.

The Latest

Everton unwilling to sell midfielder on terms offered by Barcelona

Guessing from some of the comments that Deco has made in the media, it looks increasingly clear that FC Barcelona are going to put...

Barcelona reignite their interest in 28-year-old French midfielder

Clubs throughout Europe have started planning for the upcoming summer transfer window, and the case is no different for FC Barcelona. However, the Catalans...

Five tests Barcelona must pass to put the pressure on Real Madrid

There is never a shortage of optimism at FC Barcelona even during their worst phases. La Blaugrana continue to believe in themselves and their...

The two untouchables for Xavi’s Barcelona in 2024 – report

It is thanks to the unrelenting devotion of the players of Barcelona that helps the club still remain relevant. While certain complaints have been...

Barcelona Atletic coach highlights the missing component in 19-year-old defender

Although this season has been far from perfect, there have still been some developments that will remain memorable for the FC Barcelona faithful for...

Israeli agent’s presence in Barcelona raises eyebrows

FC Barcelona comprehensively defeated Getafe with a 4-0 scoreline in their last match in La Liga. There were several notable aspects in this match,...

Barcelona already have La Masia gem’s contract sorted for years

Still only 16 years of age, the youngster Lamine Yamal has established himself as one of the most trusted players for Xavi this season....

‘Why not?’… says French defender about Barcelona return

With FC Barcelona unwilling to sell any of its players because of an already short squad, one source from which the Catalan club was...

Old wounds reopen at Barcelona as Mbappe nears Real Madrid move

After a fairly underwhelming season, FC Barcelona have now started to look like a side that can compete for the La Liga trophy in...