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Ronald Araujo shares a touching message after goal-laden Barcelona return

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The defender scored on his first game back from injury in a seven-goal Copa del Rey thriller between Intercity and Barcelona.

Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo has thanked everyone for their support during his three-month injury spell.

The 23-year-old Uruguay international had been sidelined since the end of September, following surgery on a thigh problem, until Wednesday night’s triumphant return to the pitch.

Araujo took just four minutes to score and cleared a certain goal for Aaron Pinan off the line. His efforts helped Barcelona defeat Intercity 4-3 in a round of 32 Copa del Rey tie.

“Thank God, thank you my family and everyone that helped me during the past months,” he later tweeted on Thursday.

“Victory in #CopaDelRey… and on to the next round! Happy to be back on the pitch. Let’s go.”

Araujo’s substitution was planned

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Araujo revealed he and Barca manager Xavi Hernandez planned his second-half substitution to avoid an injury relapse.

“Yes, we had talked about 45 or 60 minutes depending on how I felt,” said Araujo, who missed the World Cup because of his injury.

“At half-time, I told him [Xavi] that I could play a little more. The most important thing is that I felt very comfortable.”

Araujo added: “I’m happy to be back after a lot of hard work and suffering. I haven’t played for a long time and I wanted to get back as soon as possible. It’s a shame that I couldn’t play at the World Cup, which was what I wanted the most, but now we have to think about Sunday and another final [against Atletico Madrid].”