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Barcelona confirm injury blow for star defender

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The Catalan giants have confirmed another injury setback ahead of a grueling run of fixtures.

Barcelona have confirmed Ronald Araujo has sustained a sprained ankle, making the center-back a doubt for Wednesday’s trip to Sevilla in the Copa del Rey semi-final.

Araujo limped off just 11 minutes into Barcelona’s 3-2 win over Real Betis on Sunday. He appeared to twist his ankle during a clearance. Therefore, Ronald Koeman replaced him with Frenkie de Jong for the rest of the match.

The Blaugrana manager, who admitted Araujo’s injury makes things more complicated after the game, now faces an anxious wait for further updates on the Uruguayan.

Tests on Monday morning confirmed he suffered an ankle sprain, and will undergo further examinations to determine the full extent of his injury.

Araujo’s potential absence will come as a huge setback for Barcelona. The 21-year-old broke into the first-team last season and began to make his mark in the absence of Gerard Pique, who has been sidelined with a knee injury since November.

Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho, and Sergi Roberto are also currently unavailable through injuries.