Samuel Umtiti in training with Barcelona

ONLY ADDS 3,501 MINUTES OF GAME

Umtiti's sentence: More than 60 games absent due to injury

Published:18/01/2022 - 09:20h

Updated:18/01/2022 - 09:29h

Samuel Umtiti has managed to 'take flight' and continues to decline. The defender has been injured again and points to low again. Since the World Cup in Russia, the Frenchman has not been able to return to his level as an elite defender

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The directive of the Camp Nou has had sweet days and other bitter, and this Monday was one of these days that leave a sour flavour in the palate. Samuel Umtiti has gone back to lesionar, and this time has suffered a fracture of the fifth metatarsiano of his right foot in one of the trainings of the first team and is foreseen his surgical intervention for this same Tuesday.

Since it participated in the World-wide of Russia 2018, after jumping all the warnings and recommendations of the medical services of the Barça on his knee, has not gone back to be that defender imponente that arrived of the Olympique Lyon in the season 2016/17. From that appointment mundialista, the French only has contested 50 commitments with the elastic blaugrana in three seasons and average.

Only it has been in the terrain of game during 3.501 minutes, and has lost 64 parties between injuries, COVID -twice- and gastric problems. Now, after his last fracture in the right foot, the quantity of absent time will increase even more. However, by 'luck', Xavi Hernández still did not trust fully in him, by what is not a piece that the egarense consider important inside his diagram of game. Besides, only it has used it in a meeting, and went the past 12 December in front of the Osasuna in Pamplona, where contested the 90 minutes.

In spite of this, is important to stand out that in the two seasons before the World-wide of the 2018, the born in Yaoundé enjoyed of a very good rhythm, and played 83 parties between both campaigns. Since, the dorsal '23' has not been able to keep healthy neither recover that physical state that did him sign by the Barça with one of the emolumentos more elevated of the staff.

In free fall

In few years, 'Big Sam' happened to be one of the better central defenders paid and with potential elder of growth, to have a value of five million euros according to 'Transfermarkt'. His performances have carried it to be in the ramp of exit of the institution, but his high wage forced to the ones of Joan Laporta to negotiate a renewal to be able to reduce the mass salarial of the team, and like this, again, offer him another opportunity to win a place. Nevertheless, his enésima injury has gone back it to frustrate everything.

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