Samuel Umtiti returns to Barcelona training, Philippe Coutinho meets new teammates
Samuel Umtiti was expected to miss up to eight weeks of action, but enjoyed a return to the training ground sooner than might have been expected.football Updated: Jan 09, 2018 23:12 IST
Samuel Umtiti took part in Barcelona’s training session on Tuesday as the centre-back continues his recovery from a hamstring injury.
The France international has not played since suffering the problemin a 2-2 home draw against Celta Vigo on December 2.
Umtiti was expected to miss up to eight weeks of action, but enjoyed a return to the training ground sooner than might have been expected.
Ernesto Valverde’s side are next in action on Thursday at home to Celta in the second leg of their last-16 Copa del Rey tie –the first leg having ended 1-1 –but Umtiti is not expected to be available.
Barca’s new record signing Philippe Coutinho –out for three weeks with a thigh injury –was also present as the former Liverpool attackermet his new team-mates.
Jorge Sampaoli was a visitor at Tuesday’s session, speaking toValverde and overseeing Argentina internationals Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano.
First Published: Jan 09, 2018 23:11 IST