Samuel Umtiti set for Barcelona return

Samuel Umtiti could be in line for a return to the Barcelona squad next weekend.

The French international has been struggled with a persistent knee injury for almost 12 months, with the club alternating between treatments in order to solve the issue.

After the issued was flagged up by club doctors back in November 2018, he underwent a period of rehabilitation in Qatar, before undergoing minor surgery back in Spain.

However he has still struggled for fitness this season, with just no football for Ernestso Valverde's side so far this season after suffering more injury woe through a broken metatarsal.

But reports in Marca this weekend suggest that the former Lyon centre back will be included in the match day squad to face Eibar next weekend, as Barcelona look to haul back La Liga leaders Real Madrid.

Gerard Pique is suspended for the trip to the Basque Country, after collecting five yellow cards so far this season, and Umtiti could step in to cover the former Spanish international.

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