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La Liga resumes with numerous injuries after international break | Football news

International duty has not been kind to La Liga sides as several key players reported to their teams with injuries that will affect their availability for the weekend and beyond.
Barcelona had possibly the worst of them with defender Ronald Araujo had surgery on his right thigh after sustaining a tendon injury in Uruguay’s 1-0 defeat to Iran in a friendly on Friday, leaving the field after just five minutes.
Araujo will miss Barca’s visit on Saturday Majorca as he is expected to be out for six to eight weeks, meaning he will not return to the club until after the World Cup, which starts in less than two months.
Araujo was not the only defense problem Barcelona faced after the international break, however.
Jules Koundé suffered a hamstring injury at France and is expected to be sidelined for about four weeks.
The former Sevilla defender will miss at least Barca’s next four games, including a double Champions League header against Inter Milan, and is unlikely to be back in time for El Clasico at Real Madrid on October 16.
In addition, Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong, Ousmane Dembele and Pedri have also suffered minor setbacks in their fitness and their availability for the weekend is in question.
Barca are second in the standings with 16 points from six games, two behind Real Madrid, whose midfielder Luka Modric was also affected by the international break injury bug.
The 37-year-old returned from Nations League service with Croatia with a hip injury and could be out for up to 10 days.
Modric is expected to miss Real’s game against Osasuna in Bernabeu on Sunday and next week’s Champions League home game with Shakhtar Donetsk, but could be back next weekend for the trip to Getafe.
Real’s Austrian defender David Alaba also came back with a muscle problem, although it is not serious.
Getafe is also concerned about top striker Enes Unal, who had to end his stint with Turkey due to a back injury.
The match of the week in La Liga seems to be playing Atlético Madrid in Seville on Saturday.
Sevilla, a regular top four contender and playing in Champions League Group G, are 15th in the La Liga standings with five points, just one point above the relegation zone and have won just one game in all competitions this season.
Atletico are seventh on 10 points and their fans are tense after two consecutive defeats to Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League and Real Madrid.
Pressure on coaches Julen Lopetegui and Diego Simeone respectively is mounting and another poor result this weekend could add to the sense of crisis.

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