Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti ‘to return on December 30’

Barcelona have confirmed that defender Samuel Umtiti will return on December 30 to continue treatment for his knee injury.

Umtiti has not featured since Barca’s 2-1 defeat to Leganes on September 29, but the club said in a statement on Sunday morning that he would join back up with the squad next weekend.

The 25-year-old had spent the last few weeks undergoing physical therapy in Qatar, but he will begin a bout of conservative treatment after the Christmas holidays.

Sport reacted by writing the Frenchman’s recovery was ‘on the right track’, while the Blaugrana beat Celta Vigo 2-0 without him on Saturday to end the year top of La Liga.

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