Samuel Umtiti will miss Barcelona’s Champions League match against Slavia Prague with a bruised knee, as reported by the club’s official website.
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This comes just days after the Frenchman played his first game of the season, completing the full 90 minutes of their 3-0 win against Eibar, making 9 clearances and 3 interceptions, as per WhoScored.
While there had been hope that the World Cup winner could kick on following a fairly impressive display, he will now be confined to the sideline once again:
Official: Samuel Umtiti has picked up a bruised knee meaning the centre-back misses the trip to take on Slavia Prague. [fcb] pic.twitter.com/YWLimUKkwE
— barcacentre (@barcacentre) October 22, 2019
This will be seen as a worrying blow, with the 25-year-old having missed 28 games due to two separate knee injuries last season, as per Transfermarkt.
Many fans have been left frustrated by this news, with some feeling there was a sense of inevitability that this would happen after he was played for the full 90 minutes of the comfortable victory.
There has been blame put on Ernesto Valverde for keeping him on for the whole game, while this has also been seen as a sign that Umtiti is finished by some.
A selection of Twitter reaction to the update, including posts from frustrated Barcelona fans, can be seen below:
Same so called ‘bruised knee’ due to which he was out for months
— (@AryanSzn10) October 22, 2019
He was out for several months and yet Valverde played him for 90mins immediately after getting Medical Clearance just to ignore Todibo.
— Muhammad Abdulhakeem (@AbdulhakeemMu12) October 22, 2019
Why does it feel like i’ve heard this before? Anyways speedy recovery champ
— WE NO DEY CARRY LAST (@nodeycarrylast) October 22, 2019
Umtiti is finished, there is not way he can play to his best, it’s unfortunate to lose a player of this kind
— Peter emegbagha (@PEmegbagha) October 22, 2019
after last season it was obvious that he was gonna get injury after injury… barcelona is doomed with this one.. just sell him already
— ZeraldoPenaldo (@ZPenaldo) October 22, 2019
again..I was actually expecting it
— Afsana Rahman (@bluebird19611) October 22, 2019
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