Ronald Araujo has defended his decision to opt for surgery on his thigh, following criticism of the decision by Uruguay fans.
The Barcelona centre-back is set to miss the FIFA World Cup this winter, with surgery meaning Araujo will require three months on the sidelines to fully recover. This lengthy lay-off has irritated people in Uruguay as their national team will be without one of their starting players for the tournament in Qatar.
Addressing the criticism on Twitter, Araujo stated: “I want to make clear the reasons for which I took my decision, in order to avoid speculation.
“I love my country and I love my national team.
“After consulting the matter with various professionals, we decided that the best thing for it is a surgical intervention. Here it is not about choosing one option or another, it is about health and returning to 100% as soon as possible.
“On a personal level these are difficult moments and I would like to take the chance to thank everyone for the support I was receiving. With faith and hard work I will give the best of myself to return as quickly as possible. A hug and blessings!”
Uruguay will face off against South Korea, Portugal and Ghana in Group H at the World Cup this winter.