Ronald Koeman has decided to cut to the chase and stop milongas. Aware that the team needs to stop the bleeding of goals conceded in recent games, with the sole exception of the last game against Elche at the Camp Nou (3-0), he gave the go-ahead to incorporate Ronald Araújo to the summoned list, despite having only completed one session with the group. So many doctors, who discharged him after the morning session, as well as the player, who claimed to have very good feelings, redoubled Koeman's confidence to take the Uruguayan central defender in the face of the difficult appointment against Sevilla at the Sánchez Pizjuán de this Saturday.
Remember that Araújo was injured on February 7 fortuitously during the game against Betis, diagnosing him with a grade two sprain in his left ankle and an unofficial time out of two weeks. Well, this Sunday is three weeks, so it will have recovered in the expected deadlines, although it is necessary to underline his commitment to the team, when with only nine days of recovery, he tried to reappear for the game against PSG in the Champions League, agreeing to infiltrate to play the game, being finally ruled out by the doctors and technicians by the high risk of relapse if he jumped into the field.
Now it is in the hands of Koeman if he puts Araújo in the starting eleven or starts on the bench, and especially if he plays, who will be his dance partner. If Gerard Piqué were confirmed, it would be the first time in almost five months that the two would coincide in the field. Curiously, the last time was against Sevilla (1-1) at the Camp Nou on October 4.
Pjanic is erased
Who fell from the call is the Bosnian Miralem Pjanic. The midfielder, who was Koeman's great highlight in the match against Elche, did not exercise this Friday due to discomfort in his right ankle. His substitute in the list is the young midfielder of the subsidiary, Ilaix Moriba.
Apart from Pjanic, Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho and Sergi Roberto remain in the Blaugrana infirmary.
The complete list of footballers to play this Saturday (4.15pm) against Sevilla at Sánchez Pizján is made up of: Ter Stegen, Neto, Dest, Junior, Araújo, Lenglet, Piqué, Alba, Umtiti, De Jong, Busquets, Matheus, Pedri, Riqui Puig, Griezmann, Braithwaite, Dembélé, Messi, Trincao, Peña, Ilaix and Mingueza.