LaLiga Santander Player hasn’t had an operation
He already appeared on Ernesto Valverde‘s squad list for Barcelona-Betis, but the surprising evolution of the game, with the Verdiblancos always ahead on the scoreboard, led the coach to make more courageous decisions than to order the entry of Samuel Umtiti.
Not on the field of play since the defeat in Leganes on September 26 because of a problem in his left knee, Clement Lenglet completed the Betis game because there was no reason to substitute him.
Both defenders will repeat their presence in the squad before flying to Madrid to play against Atletico.
But this time ‘Sam’ would understand it less if he saw the whole match from the bench of the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.
Beyond the importance of the game and the rival, these two weeks of international break have served to confirm his fitness.
He has trained fully in order to participate actively in a game that is expected to be very demanding.
The opposite, on the other hand, would be abnormal in a player of his character.
Don’t forget that he played the World Cup in Russia in pain.
Umtiti had some discomfort that caused pain in the anterior face of the knee joint and that are common in young adults and athletes who subject the knees to great stress.
Despite knowing that the surgery would correct the problem, he preferred to base his recovery in physiotherapy, ultrasound and interferential work.
He has also lost a few kilos to not carry so much weight on the affected area.
Although the current prognosis for Umtiti is encouraging, in Barcelona they are aware that there is no need to rush him back ahead of time.
The Frenchman has relied on almost two months of conservative treatment to make the discomfort disappear.
But it can’t be ruled out that the pain reappears with the passage of matches.
The intensity of a game in full competition with what usually occurs in training is not the same, of course, .
Therefore, the next few weeks will be key to judging if the player will be able to show the imperial version of the beginning of last season.
Those responsible will be very aware of this issue, and they wouldn’t necessarily want to go to the winter market to recruit a temporary centre-back, but just in case they are contemplating emergency options.
Branislav Ivanovic (34 years, Zenit of Saint Petersburg) is a possibility.
A condition is that the player should be a community one, and Malcom, Arthur and Vidal complete that quota.