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Ronald Arajuo suffers injury scare in Barcelona’s defeat against Shakhtar Donetsk

Barcelona’s Ronald Araujo sparked concerns over his fitness in the defeat against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League yesterday.

The Catalan giants endured a disappointing evening after suffering a shock 1-0 defeat against the Ukrainian giants in the group-stage encounter.

Araujo was visibly in discomfort despite playing the entire game, thus sparking concerns over a potential injury.

The Uruguayan centre-back is suffering from overload and will undergo further tests on Wednesday (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

Although the fears of a major injury have subsided, the signs aren’t encouraging since the talented defender previously missed a chunk of games with a muscular issue this season.

Barca’s rearguard has been blighted by injuries, with Andreas Christensen, Inigo Martinez and Jules Kounde spending time on the sidelines this season.

From being unbeaten across all competitions to suffering two defeats in their last three games, there are signs of an emerging crisis with the Catalan club.

Doubts have also started to rise about manager Xavi, with his side looking unconvincing over the last few games.

Frenkie de Jong’s absence has impacted performances, with Barca looking hapless even with Ilkay Gundogan, Pedri and Gavi in their team.

Robert Lewandowski was disappointing in attack, which compounded the rough patch he has experienced lately.

The Polish striker has now gone six games without scoring – his worst streak since 2010/11 when he was at Borussia Dortmund.

A win would have ensured their place in the knockout stage of the Champions League – for the first time after two seasons – but they now have to wait a little longer.

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