Samuel Umtiti hasn’t played for Barcelona this season, after struggling with injuries and falling out of favour under manager Ernesto Valverde.
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The Frenchman was an unused substitute in the Catalans’ opening three league matches and then injured his foot whilst on international duty and has not trained with the team since.
However, reports in Spain claim that the 25-year-old has now returned to first-team training and could well feature for the Blaugrana this weekend against Eibar.
Gerard Pique is ruled out due to suspension, leaving a battle between the returning Umtiti and Jean-Clair Todibo for the remaining central defensive berth next to Clement Lenglet.
Todibo started for Barca in their recent 4-0 win over Sevilla prior to the international break, so he could well be rewarded with another start this weekend, especially considering the lack of playing-time Umtiti has had of late.
Here’s what Barcelona fans had to say about the France international returning to training on Twitter…
— Kev (@fakeKevinDJ) October 14, 2019
Is he even a football players?
— BartoMasterclass (@PickleR96088916) October 14, 2019
— Barca_supporter (@Simon_cule) October 14, 2019
He’s not a footballer anymore, he’s a IG model
— Dave (@Arthur8ftw) October 14, 2019
I honestly hope he fights for his position he hasn’t been good
— mohst (@msry2004) October 14, 2019
Big Sam is back!!!!!!!
— Ogunjuyigbe Ayomikun (@OgunjuyigbeH) October 14, 2019
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