FC Barcelona is living a real nightmare with injuries in this season. At this point, only six players have not visited the infirmary since 2020-2021 began: Clement Lenglet, Frenkie de Jong, Antoine Griezmann, Pedri González, Riqui Puig Y Francisco Trincão.
Ronald Araújo was the last one that was added to the list of important losses of the Barça that, without a doubt, are causing a headache to Koeman, in the middle of a very complicated calendar with matches of League, King’s Cup Y Champions League with very short periods to rest. The defensive rear has been the most affected area, with Gerard Piqué Y Sergi Roberto as protagonists in the infirmary and with a Sergiño Dest who is constantly suffering from physical problems.
From there to the loss of the Uruguayan central is a new jug of cold water for the Catalans, who will face Sevilla with just enough in defense. Araújo suffered a sprained left ankle and Barça did not give any details about his condition or estimated recovery time, but thanks to an interview with the traumatologist in the newspaper ‘Sport’ Vera, who specializes in ankles of iMove-Clinic Mi Tres Torres, the extent of the 21-year-old’s injury is known.
The doctor explained that injury to the ankle ligaments is very common, so “it is not uncommon for the news to appear every week that a professional soccer or other sports player has suffered a sprained ankle.” In this sense, according to the traumatologist, it is an injury that “can range from a lower grade or grade 1 in which the injury suffered by the ligament is small, to a maximum degree or degree 3 in which the ligament has been completely torn ”.
In this sense, if the foot of the footballer twists inwards, it would be an injury to the lateral ligaments or the outer part of the ankle. On the contrary, when this accident has caused an eversion or outward twisting of the foot, the internal ligaments or the internal part of the ankle will be injured. “In the case of Araujo, we could see how the ankle twisted outward or eversion, which caused a strain on the internal ankle ligament, and its sprain in the case of the player”he explained.
Estimated time of discharge and treatment
In its statement, FC Barcelona did not give an estimated time of withdrawal and the first press reports pointed out that the Blaugrana center-back could be out of combat for around four weeks. However, Dr. Vega explained that the recovery period is not so long, considering that “the ligaments usually recover within 2 to 3 weeks, and the player is expected to be able to rejoin within that period ”.
On the other hand, as it is a grade 1 injury, the player does not have to undergo surgery and will recover with conservative treatment. The traumatologist explained that “this injury can be treated conservatively mThrough immobilization, local ice and taking an oral anti-inflammatory. Once the pain and inflammation of the ankle have been eliminated, a period of functional recovery can be started by means of specific physiotherapy to strengthen the muscles around the ankle that allow a rapid reincorporation of the player ”.