The injury of Ronald Araujoadded to that of Jules Koundéis a jug of cold water for the Barça of Xavi Hernandez. The Catalan loses his two most important center-backs in the squad in one fell swoop ahead of a momentous first month of the season. The case of the Uruguayan in particular can bring a tail, injured in an inconsequential match with Uruguay against Iran, the footballer is currently debating between conservative treatment or surgery, with his mind more on the World Cup with his team than on his club.
The Barça He reported this Sunday that the center-back suffered an “avulsion of the adductor longus tendon of the right thigh”, an injury that will leave him out of the playing field for at least a month. The footballer will surely miss the momentous month that the team has ahead of him, with the Clasico in the League and the duels in the group stage of the Champions League where everything is at stake with Inter and Bayern Munich.
The initial idea of the player is to follow a conservative treatment with this injury and thus avoid going through the operating room. The reason is none other than the World Cup. The Uruguayan wants to be part of Uruguay at this winter’s World Cup in Qatar and that means following this cautious treatment that would bring him back to the pitch as soon as possible, thus guaranteeing his place with Uruguay.
The Barça think diametrically different in this regard. The club thinks that the best thing is for him to undergo surgery and treat this injury to avoid problems in the medium term, something safer and that will guarantee a more lasting recovery, but on the contrary he will have to be out for more time, due to postoperative recovery and that his presence in the World Cup could be jeopardized for not arriving on time.
The final decision on this matter must be made this Monday, once the player meets with the club’s medical services and discusses his situation with the coaching staff. The footballer’s idea is clear, to make the decision that takes the shortest time to be out in order to return in time for the World Cup despite the fact that this is inconvenient for the interests of his club. In any case, the Uruguayan will wait to meet with both departments before making a firm decision.
The Barça He wants all the possibilities to be studied so that both parties are satisfied, although there are two paths that open, that of the conservative treatment that seduces the player and the operation, as the culé club wishes. The decision in any case falls entirely on the player, who will have to take one path or another once he knows all the pros and cons that each one has, although at the moment his priorities go through the World Cup and put aside the interests that can benefit the Barça in the medium-long term, which is to count on it without the risk of possible relapses. Araujo he seems to be clear about the order of his colors and feelings.