Soccer-Uruguay and Barca will decide on Araujo’s fitness for World Cup, says Xavi

Nov 7 (Reuters)Barcelona and Uruguay will take 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 has been recovering after undergoing thigh surgery in September and Xavi said the priority is 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 is well, it is because his body feels that way.”

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

Full back Damian Suarez is also another worry after he limped 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 Nov. 24. They will also face Portugal and Ghana.

(Reporting by Janina Nuno Rios in Mexico City Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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