Barça’s two central defenders, Gérard Piqué and Ronald Araujo, will do everything to play against PSG on Tuesday evening in the knockout stages of the Champions League (live on RMC Sport1) when they have just returned from injury.
Decisive day for Gérard Piqué and Ronald Araujo. On the eve of the knockout stages of the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain at Camp Nou (at 9 p.m. live on RMC Sport1), the two central defenders of FC Barcelona could be selected by their coach Ronald Koeman, plagued by big concerns this season in central defense.
Victim of an injury to the ligament of the right knee on November 21 against Atlético de Madrid, Gérard Piqué, eager to return to competition as quickly as possible, had refused to undergo surgery. His return was scheduled for the end of March but the Spain international has recovered faster than expected. He made an appearance in training on Sunday. Given his lack of pace after weeks without competition, the likelihood that he will start against PSG is low.
Araujo ready to play under infiltration?
The doubt is less for Ronald Araujo, whose injury was much less serious than that of his Catalan partner. Victim of a sprained ankle on February 7 against Betis Sevilla, the 21-year-old Uruguayan also trained on Sunday. According to Sport, he could play under infiltration and start in the right axis alongside Clément Lenglet.
Anyway, Ronald Koeman will wait until the last minute to decide. The Dutch technician assured Friday that he did not want to take risks with his players because the season is still long. If neither Pique nor Araujo are operational, the place of central defender could go to Oscar Mingueza, right-handed and faster than Samuel Umtiti, or De Jong, holder on Saturday against Alavés.
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