Araujo Could Miss World Cup After Injury In Int’l Games

By Chimezie Nebolisa

Uruguayan and Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo could miss the World Cup after club statement said he would undergo surgery on a torn thigh muscle, on Monday.

Reports suggest the youngster is likely to be sidelined for about two to three months, which could rule him out of the tournament in Qatar, which starts on November 20.

The Uruguayan sustained the injury in the first minute of a friendly match with his country last week against Iran and has opted for surgery as opposed to more conservative treatment.

“The operation will be undertaken by doctor, under the supervision of club medical services, in Turku, Finland. Once the operation is complete a new medical statement will be made,” a statement from the club read.

The surgery also rules Araujo out of key club games, including the rest of the Champions League group phase and the Clasico on October 16.

Araujo’s injury means he joins Jules Kounde on the sidelines at Camp Nou, after the French centre-back suffered a hamstring injury on international duty.

Barcelona also confirmed on that Dutch duo Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay both had hamstring problems which they sustained in the Netherlands’ 2-0 win over Poland last week.