Barcelona offered an update on Ronald Araujo’s fitness on Monday after the center-back was taken off at half-time of the 2-2 draw at Espanyol.
The Catalan giants have confirmed the Uruguayan has suffered a pulled muscle but haven’t said how long he’ll be out of action for.
LATEST NEWS | Tests carried out this Monday morning have confirmed that @RonaldAraujo_4 has pulled the soleus muscle in his left leg. His recovery will determine his availability. pic.twitter.com/eARBmSCAEr— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 14, 2022
It seems that the injury is not too serious but it does mean that Araujo is a big doubt for this week’s games against Napoli in the Europa League and Valencia in La Liga.
Diario AS are reporting that Araujo is not yet ruled out of the game against Napoli at the Camp Nou on Thursday, although it would be pretty risky for him to play.
The one thing that might help Araujo is that he’s already made one “miraculous” recovery this season. The defender played against Real Madrid in the Super Cup just days after having two screws surgically inserted into his hand.
It does seem more likely that Eric Garcia will partner Gerard Pique against Napoli, but AS also reckon that Araujo has a good chance of returning for the trip to Valencia.