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Julian Araujo to miss clash with Barcelona due to ‘fear clause’ in his Las Palmas contract

The defender will have to sit this one out

Athletic Club v UD Las Palmas - LaLiga EA Sports Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Julian Araujo has been enjoying life on loan at Las Palmas after his move from Barcelona but will miss the meeting between the two teams on January 4.

The Mexico international can’t play against his parent club as Barca inserted an infamous “fear clause” into his contract, according to Mundo Deportivo.

It’s not the first time this season this kind of issue has cropped up. Eric Garcia was able to play against Barca for Girona because he didn’t have a clause but Pablo Torre couldn’t.

Alberto Moleiro, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona, may also miss the game due to a collarbone injury sustained against Cadiz before Christmas.

Coach Garcia Pimienta has already admitted he’s looking forward to taking on his former club Barcelona in what will be both teams’ first game of 2024.

Las Palmas head into the match with a poor recent record against the Catalans. They have not won in any of their last 14 matches against Barcelona in La Liga, drawing five and losing nine.

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