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Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti to miss Athletic Bilbao clash with knee problem

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The defender is set for a spell out

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Samuel Umtiti was forced to miss training on Friday due to a knee problem according to Barcelona. The centre-half has appeared in seven games in all competitions for Barcelona this year and has been a consistent piece in their lineup.

Umtiti’s recent outings haven’t been as great. He picked up a red card in his last Champions League match and sat on the bench in Barcelona’s midweek match against Leganes.

The knee injury seems to have little to do with recent play and something that has built up over time. It remains to be seen how serious the problem is but certainly something to keep a close eye on.

AS are reporting that the injury could keep him out for some time. However, in his pre-match press conference Ernesto Valverde played down suggestions it was a serious injury and hoped he would be available soon.