Los Culés may be forced to turn to the winter transfer window as doubts remain over Samuel Umtiti's fitness for the rest of the season.
The doubts that remain over Samuel Umtiti's recovery from a knee injury and his ability to hold the Barcelona backline for the rest of the season means Los Culés could be forced to turn to the winter transfer window for back-up.
Too much, too soon
The French centre-back was sidelined at the end of September with an injury he had been carrying since the end of last season. However, he was given the all-clear from the club's medical staff to face Betis in LaLiga, but didn't feature for technical reasons. The lack of playing time and his ability to reach full fitness, particularly with games coming thick and fast, mean the club are keen not to push him too hard and further aggravate the injury.
Barcelona's current first-choice pairing are Gerard Piqué and Clement Lenglet, but, given the perpetual injury woes of Thomas Vermaelen, those at the top of the club feel they will need more reinforcements to cope with the demands in the latter half of the season and will need to bring someone in with proven experience.