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Samuel Umtiti returns to Barcelona training after knee injury

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The defender joins Lionel Messi on the comeback trail

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Barcelona were handed another fitness boost on Thursday, as Samuel Umtiti returned to first-team training.

Lionel Messi made his comeback yesterday and now it’s Umtiti’s turn, as he steps up his recovery from knee trouble.

Umtiti hasn’t featured since September, and there had been fears he may require surgery to cure his knee problems.

He took to social media after his workout with a post saying just “little by little.”

Hopefully Umtiti will be fit enough to make his return soon, but he will face competition for his place.

Clement Lenglet has come in for his compatriot during his absence and done a good job, scoring his first Barcelona goal for the club in the Copa del Rey win on Wednesday.