FC Barcelona – La Liga Frenchman hasn’t played since June
Ahead of Barcelona’s Champions League match with Ferencvaros, Ronald Koeman reflected on the case of Samuel Umtiti and it has been determined that the French defender will build up his fitness with Barcelona B.
Having not played since June, the former Lyon defender is looking to rebuild his career at the Camp Nou, which has been totally derailed by knee injuries.
“Umtiti will play for Barcelona B tomorrow, he is close to returning,” Koeman explained in his press conference on Tuesday.
The Dutch coach doesn’t wish to take risks with a player who has suffered so badly with fitness complaints over the past two years.
The Frenchman wants to return to the senior team, but he must prove his fitness by playing for the subsidiary team, something that is actually quite common in other leagues.
Koeman would welcome Umtiti getting through this match without any trouble as his defensive injury problems are beginning to mount.
Gerard Pique is a long-term absentee, whilst Ronald Araujo is also injured at this juncture, but this hasn’t had an impact on Koeman’s decision with Umtiti.
Barcelona consider the defender to be on the market, mainly because of his high salary, but his contract doesn’t expire until 2023 and this makes the situation problematic. Furthermore, he hasn’t shown any inclination to depart the Camp Nou either.