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Umtiti: Barcelona defender suffers fresh injury setback

Barcelona say Samuel Umtiti is to have "conservative treatment" on his left knee, but have not stated how long he may be out of action.

Barca defender Umtiti suffers another injury setback

Defender Samuel Umtiti has suffered another knee injury, Barcelona have announced.

The centre-back has been blighted by persistent knee problems over the past couple of years and is back on the sidelines.

Exact extent of Umtiti knee injury not revealed by Barcelona

Barça did not reveal the extent of the damage Umtiti has sustained on Friday, but he is set to miss the clash with Villarreal in LaLiga on Sunday.

A statement from the Catalan giants said: "The first team player Samuel Umtiti has a problem with his left knee and will undergo conservative treatment.

"The player is not available and his recovery will dictate when he can return."

Umtiti was an unused substitute in Barça's 2-2 draw with Atlético Madrid on Tuesday, having been handed a start at Celta Vigo on Saturday.

Barcelona four points off LaLiga leaders Real Madrid

Real Madrid's 1-0 win over Getafe on Thursday left Quique Setién's second-placed side trailing LaLiga's leaders by four points with five games to play.