La Liga: French defender Samuel Umtiti set to return to Barcelona to undergo treatment for knee injury

Barcelona: Defender Samuel Umtiti will return to Barcelona for treatment on his left knee, the club announced on Sunday.

File image of Samuel Umtiti and Munir El Haddadi. Reuters

File image of Samuel Umtiti and Munir El Haddadi. Reuters

Umtiti travelled to Qatar earlier this month to recover from the injury, which has limited the Frenchman to eight games for Barca this season.

The club have not specified how long Umtiti will be out.

"Samuel Umtiti will return on 30 December to continue undergoing treatment on his knee," a statement read.

"A treatment plan was announced on 2 December, with the goal of allowing him to heal his left knee. The player has been in Doha in Qatar in recent weeks for physical therapy there under the supervision of the club's medical staff."

Umtiti missed 10 games in September and October before playing in a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on 24 November.

He felt discomfort during the game, however, and has not made another appearance for Barca since.

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Updated Date: Dec 23, 2018 23:51:39 IST

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