Written by Patrick Echatah
Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo has been spotted in training with Uruguay this week as he aims to make a comeback in time for the 2022 World Cup.
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The defender has not played since undergoing surgery in September and was initially ruled out for three months.
Barcelona are reportedly a little concerned about Araujo’s swift comeback and feel he may be rushing his recovery in order to feature in Qatar, according to AS.
Multiple reports claims Barca and Uruguay agreed that Araujo would not play in the group stages and even reached a “gentleman’s agreement” on the defender’s participation.
Barcelona’s great fear is that Araujo will come back too soon and suffer a recurrence of his injury which will lead to more time off in the second half of the season.
Araujo has only played six times in La Liga so far this season and Xavi will want to have his center-back fit and available after the World Cup as Barca push for the title.
The defender has “assured the club” he will not take any risks but Barca are still worried as the possibility of Araujo suffering a relapse is thought to be “very high.”
Robert Lewandowski has made it clear that he is not happy after being hit with a three-match ban for his red card against Osasuna.
The striker was sanctioned for his gesture after he walked off the pitch in the first half having received two yellow cards.
Lewandowski has insisted once again the gesture was not aimed at the match official and feels he has been harshly deal with.
“An excessive sanction, too severe. It’s too long,” he said.
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