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Samuel Umtiti to return to Barcelona for further treatment on knee injury

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The defender has been in Qatar in recent weeks

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Barcelona provided an update on Samuel Umtiti’s fitness on Sunday and confirmed he will be back with the club in a week’s time.

The France international has been undergoing treatment on a knee problem in Qatar and further therapy is required.

“Samuel Umtiti was evaluated by the Club’s Medical Services staff at the team’s training center this morning due to the discomfort in his left knee,” read a statement.

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

Source | FC Barcelona

There’s still no clear sense of when Umtiti will return or whether he will ultimately have to undergo surgery.

However, Barcelona have already moved to strengthen their defensive options by bringing in Jeison Murillo from Valencia on loan.