Andreas Christensen and Ronald Araujo were both back at Barcelona training on Wednesday as Xavi begins to recover his players from the 2022 World Cup.
Denmark were considered dark horses by many for the tournament in Qatar but disappointed, exiting at the group stage after finishing behind France, Australia, and Tunisia.
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Christensen was one of Denmark’s few bright spots with his strong displays. The defender even managed a World Cup goal with his effort in a 2-1 defeat to France.
The defender will now turn his focus back to Barcelona and will be hoping he can feature regularly in the second half of the season.
Christensen has only made four La Liga starts so far and saw his early months at the club disrupted by an ankle injury.
The Dane was joined by Araujo who is also back to work. Araujo did return to the club for a check up after the World Cup but was then given some time off and returned to Uruguay.
Back. At. Work. pic.twitter.com/JH8xf0J7WB— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 14, 2022
Xavi will need both his defenders stay fit in the second half of the season, particularly after seeing Gerard Pique depart, meaning the duo join Eric Garcia and Jules Kounde as his recognised center-backs.