Since the international break, FC Barcelona has been struggling with serious injury problems. Coach Xavi recently had to do without seven players. While three stars made a comeback in El Clasico against Real Madrid, another trio are set to return. Ronald Araújo, on the other hand, will not play for the Blaugrana again this year.
With Jules Koundé and Frenkie de Jong, there were two players in FC Barcelona's starting XI last Sunday who were previously unable to play in one or the other match due to injury. Franck Kessié also struggled with adductor problems recently and only played to a limited extent. All three stars are again fully available for Xavi in the next important games, especially in the Champions League.
The situation is different for central defender Ronald Araújo. The Uruguayan is working towards representing his country at the World Cup in Qatar. However, an assignment at FC Barcelona will come too early, so that he will only wear the jersey of the Catalans again next year.
This article was originally published on 90min.com as FC Barcelona: hospital thins out ahead of weeks of truth.