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‘Uruguay and Barcelona will decide on Araujo’s fitness for World Cup’: Xavi

Barcelona and Uruguay will make a joint decision on Ronald Araujo’s fitness as the defender looks to recover in time for the World Cup later this month, the LaLiga club’s manager Xavi Hernandez said on Monday.

Araujo is on the mend after undergoing thigh surgery in September and Xavi said the priority was for the 23-year-old to recover well rather than rush him back.

“There is fluid communication with Uruguay and (their coach) Diego Alonso and we will decide together,” Xavi told reporters.

“We will see if he is medically cleared because the player is in charge. If he tells you he’s healthy, it’s because his body feels that way.”

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Alonso, who has until November 14 to name his final 26-man squad for the World Cup, will also look to Valencia striker Edinson Cavani to determine if he can recover from an ankle injury in time for the trip to Qatar.

Full-back Damian Suarez is also another concern after limping off 10 minutes into Getafe’s 1-0 win at Elche last week.

Uruguay kick off their World Cup campaign against Group H opponents South Korea on November 24. They will also face Portugal and Ghana.

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