Nov 7 (Reuters) – Barcelona and Uruguay will make a joint decision on Ronald Araujo’s fitness as the defender seeks to recover in time for the World Cup later this month, the club manager said on Monday of LaLiga, Xavi Hernandez.

Araujo has recovered after undergoing thigh surgery in September and Xavi said the priority was for the 23-year-old to recover well rather than rush him.

“There is a smooth communication with Uruguay and (their coach) Diego Alonso and we will decide together,” Xavi told reporters.

“We’ll see if he’s medically cleared because the player is responsible. If he tells you he’s fine, it’s because his body feels that way.”

Alonso, who has until November 14 to name his final 26-man squad for the World Cup, will also check on Valencia forward Edinson Cavani to assess whether he can recover from an ankle injury in time for the trip to Qatar.

Full-back Damian Suarez is also another worry after limping off 10 minutes after Getafe’s 1-0 win at Elche last week.

Uruguay kick off their World Cup campaign against Group H opponents South Korea on November 24. They will also face Portugal and Ghana.

Reporting by Janina Nuno Rios in Mexico Editing by Christian Radnedge

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