Barcelona confirmed Thursday that its young Uruguayan defender, Ronald Araujo, suffered a muscle injury in his thigh, which threatens his important participation next week against Dynamo Kyiv of Ukraine in the Champions League and rivals Real Madrid in the Clasico of the Spanish Football League.
“The tests carried out in the morning confirmed that first-team player Ronald Araujo had a muscle tear in his right thigh, which means that he is unable to participate in the team,” the Catalan club said in a statement.
Araujo (22 years and 1.88m) played nine games this season with Barcelona, and became his most prominent defensive pillar, knowing that he enjoys a remarkable offensive participation during set-pieces.
The international player, who suffered a muscle injury during the match against Argentina in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, will miss Sunday’s league match against Valencia, before the two important matches next week.
Barcelona, who lost Argentine legend Lionel Messi at the beginning of the season to Paris Saint-Germain in a free transfer deal, made a disappointing start in the first continental competition with two losses against Bayern Munich and Benfica. He is also five points behind Real Madrid in the Spanish League, knowing that he played a game less.
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