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  • Updated: December 20, 2022

Barca Are Happy To Have Players Back Without Injury — Xavi

Barca Are Happy To Have Players Back Without Injury — Xavi

Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez would be delighted to have his World Cup squad return without any injury while injured ones are also given green light ahead of the derby against Espanyol.

Barca had the highest number of players at the World Cup with 18 and they would be happy to have them back without injury.

Almost all of their players have been given the medical green light, with Pablo Torre, Sergi Roberto and Franck Kessie all fit to go now.

The only slight doubt for their match against Espanyol currently is Ronald Araujo.

The Uruguayan has not played since the 23rd of September after suffering a muscle problem which required surgery.

Despite going to the World Cup, he could not recover in time to feature for Uruguay.

As per Sport, his recovery has been progressing well in Barcelona with no need to rush it.

As he attended the premiere of Barcelona’s Amazon documentary, Araujo responded ‘yes, good, good,’ when asked how he was doing.

His aim is to be back for the Barcelona derby on the 31st of December.

Xavi is keen not to take any risks with him, but there were rumours he might be able to stretch himself to make the knockout stages of the World Cup had Uruguay gotten there, which is now several weeks ago.

It is unlikely that Xavi will use Jules Kounde in the Barcelona derby, with the French defender only just back from the World Cup shortly before the Espanyol match.

That may well influence his decision, as arguably their two strongest and quickest defenders.

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