Barcelona paid for the win against Linares with two serious weaknesses in their squad before the next games. Ronald Araujo and Frenkie de Jong joined the group of injured players, and according to Sport Barça is even considering gaining a central defender in the winter.
Barcelona fans may have initially been chilled by the information about the potential absence of a Uruguayan for several months after breaking the second and third metacarpal bones, but it looks like it will be much shorter. Blaugran it did not say how long Araujo will be out of the game, but the media already have their predictions in this regard. According ASa the club says about 3-4 weeks of absence of a 22-year-old, a Esport3 writes about about 10 days off. Everything should be clearer after tomorrow’s Araujo operation. For now, you can be sure that the stopwatch will be absent in duels with Granada and Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, the journal Sport has already announced that Barcelona is considering recruiting a center-back in the event of a longer absence Araujo, who is the team’s top player this season. Camp Nou may leave Samuel Umtiti in the winter, which would further reduce Xavi’s options, who often relies on three stoppers. Of course, Barça will not be carrying out major operations, and it would be possible to loan or accelerate operations planned for the summer. Let us remind you that in the context of the Catalans, it is said that in July César Azpilicueta or Andréas Christensen will be brought in on a free transfer basis. However, the priority for the winter will be to recruit a center forward, and if Araujo’s absence time turns out to be shorter, recruiting a defender’s replacement will be pointless.
Frenkie de Jong, who stretched the mantle month, will definitely not play with Granada. According to Toni Juanmarti, that Sport in Barcelona, however, there is optimism about the Dutchman’s performance against Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup. There is uncertainty about the return of previously unavailable players. According to ASa Xavi hopes to get at least a few players back. Memphis Depay and Ansu Fati are getting closer to being allowed to play after injuries, Pedri, Gavi and Abde are waiting for a Covid test negative, and Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti should also deal with stomach problems. Luuk de Jong in the LaLiga can make a comeback as long as he doesn’t leave the club. The situation of Philippe Coutinho, who is interested in Aston Villa, is also uncertain. Xavi will be impatiently waiting for more information on the health of his charges.