Samuel Umtiti set to start against Rayo Vallecano

Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti is set to start his first game at the Nou Camp since September 2018 against Rayo Vallecano.

The French international has endured an injury ravaged season, with a knee injury ruling him for over three months, but Ernesto Valverde looks to recall him as he rotates his squad ahead of a tough run of fixtures. 

The former Athletic Bilbao boss is a big fan of the former Lyon player, and his only concern will be over his ability to complete 90 minutes due a lack of match fitness.

He is expected to slot in at centre back, alongside Gerard Pique, with Clement Lenget rested ahead of their Champions League clash with Lyon on Wednesday night. 


GOALKEEPERS: Marc Ter Stegen, Jasper Cillessen

DEFENDERS: Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique, Jeison Murillo, Saamuel Umtiti, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto

MIDFIELDERS: Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, Carles Alena, Arturo Vidal, Arthur, Philippe Coutinho 

FORWARDS: Lionel Messi, Malcom, Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele