Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti: My knee is perfect

Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti insists his knee is ‘perfect’ and he is fit to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

France international Umtiti has been struggling with a persistent knee injury for the past year, 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.

The Blaugrana are said to have been more persistent for the defender to get full surgery on the issue, while the player instead opted to go for more conservative treatments.

 “I'm fine, I have very good feelings and I only think about playing. My knee is perfect,” Umtiti told reporters, as cited by El Mundo Deportivo.

“It's a special match. I really want to play a Champions League game again after a long time without being involved in it. I feel good, I have been working very hard for months and I hope it is my turn to play.

“We are favourites in all competitions because we have the best players. We are one of the best teams in the world so we have to think about winning every game and then if we can win the Champions League it would be perfect.

“La Liga, the Champions League, the Super Cup…and everything. We have to win everything.” 

Umtiti made his first start of the season in the recent 3-0 win at Eibar and he has only featured in 21 matches for the Catalan giants since helping France to the World Cup in 2018.

Prior to that, he had grown into a defensive star at the Camp Nou by making 83 first-team appearances across the previous two campaigns.

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