Samuel Umtiti to return to Barcelona for more treatment

BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 18: Samuel Umtiti of FC Barcelona runs with the ball during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Deportivo Alaves at Camp Nou on August 18, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Barcelona have announced that Samuel Umtiti will report back to the club on December 30 for more treatment on his knee injury

The French defender has been undergoing therapy in Qatar recently and hasn’t made an appearance in a Barca jersey since their 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid last month.

Umtiti’s absence hasn’t helped matters at Barcelona with the club severely lacking defensive options right now with Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet their only available established centre-backs.

To ease the burden on them, Barcelona completed a surprise loan deal for Valencia’s Jeison Murillo with no date set for Umtiti’s return.

“Samuel Umtiti was evaluated by the club’s medical services staff at the team’s training centre this morning due to the discomfort in his left knee,” read a statement on the club website.

“Samuel Umtiti will return on December 30 to continue undergoing conservative treatment on his knee.

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“This conservative treatment plan was announced on December 2, with the goal of allowing him to heal his left knee discomfort.

“The player was in Doha, Qatar in recent weeks for physical therapy treatment under the supervision of the club’s medical services staff.”

Barcelona defeated Celta Vigo 2-0 in La Liga on Saturday night with Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi on target.