Uruguay insist they will not take any risks with Ronald Araujo after calling up the defender to their World Cup 2022 squad.
Araujo underwent surgery back in September, and was initially ruled out for three months, but is training with Uruguay already ahead of the tournament.
Professor Oscar Ortega, who works with Atletico Madrid but has joined the Uruguay squad for the World Cup, has spoken about Araujo and tried to calm any Barcelona nerves.
“I see him very well. We are well informed on the subject. We are professionals. No one is going to risk the player. We are going to take him under the conditions that are agreed with his club,” he said.
“The people from the coaching staff of the (Uruguayan) team are at his disposal regarding his recovery process. He is going to be integrated to the extent that he can carry out the activities with the team. And those that he cannot do, we will wait for him and we will continue to wait for the necessary times, respecting the indications of his club.
“Then naturally it will be a decision of the player and also the coach, regarding his participation in the World Cup.”
Source | Mundo Deportivo
Barca will certainly be hoping Uruguay are careful with Araujo. The last thing anyone wants is for the defender to get injured again after a lengthy spell on the sidelines already this season.
Uruguay are due to kick off their World Cup campaign on Thursday, November 24 against South Korea.