Reportedly, Umtiti will be absent for a minimum period of 5 weeks. The club officially announced today that the Frenchmen felt some discomfort in his left knee and will miss the game against Villarreal. Samuel Umtiti most likely will close the season due to an injury in his left knee, according to the reliable Alfredo Martinez.
Performance-wise, the player has disappointed as well. Samuel Umtiti had played for the first time against Celta Vigo since the return of La Liga, and was held responsible from the second Celta goal in particular which made Barcelona drop points.
The 26-year-old has been suffering from a knee injury since his World Cup campaign with France, in which he became a World Cup winner. The only solution to Umtiti’s problem is surgery, but the player still refuses the idea. He wants to return for the Barça-Napoli game, but it looks like his season is over.
Ronald Araujo returns to Barcelona first-team training ahead of Sevilla clash
This Saturday afternoon, Barcelona will travel to Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan to face Sevilla for the control of the third place in the table. The Andalusians have already proved they are an incredibly tricky opponent so this clash is bound to be a big one once more.
But there is some good news for Ronald Koeman ahead of the Saturday challenge. Barcelona have officially confirmed that Ronald Araujo is once again training with the team. Of course, the centre-back has been out of action for quite some time now and the Catalans have missed him dearly.
He may be still young and developing but the Uruguayan is a true rock in their defence. Having him available should definitely help in the remainder of the season, especially since Gerard Pique is also back.
However, we still don’t know whether Koeman will risk his defensive talisman right from the start this Saturday, even if he is given the green light. Sometimes, throwing players into the fire immediately, especially for such a huge game, can be counterproductive.
Araujo is surely eager to play but Koeman needs to think long-term when making this tricky decision. Despite the opposition and the importance of the match, maybe it wouldn’t be that bad to start him on the bench.
After all, he can always be substituted in if the team requires some extra solidity in the latter parts of the clash. Hopefully, however, it doesn’t come to that.
Either way, this is a must-win game and the team better be ready to face the challenge.