Barcelona: Umtiti out with foot fracture after signing new deal
Barcelona had just extended France defender Samuel Umtiti's contract until 2026 but now face a lengthy period without the World Cup winner.
Samuel Umtiti has fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot just a week after agreeing a contract extension at Barcelona, the club announced on Monday.
Umtiti had appeared to be on his way out of Camp Nou this month until a shock new deal was sealed to keep him in Catalonia until 2026.
The World Cup winner, whose previous contract was set to expire in 2023, was linked with a host of clubs, including big-spending Newcastle United.
Instead, Barça kept Umtiti on board when he agreed to a temporary pay decrease that allowed new signing Ferran Torres to be registered.
Whether Umtiti was subsequently set to see his involvement in the first team increase – having appeared in 18 matchday LaLiga squads this season but played just once – will for now remain a mystery, however.
Monday brought news of a serious injury for the France international that will require surgery.
"The first team player Samuel Umtiti took a blow to his right foot in training on Monday and has fractured his fifth metatarsal bone," a club statement read.
"The player will undergo surgery on Tuesday with doctor Antoni Dalmau and with the club's medical services supervising. Another press release will be issued when the surgery has taken place."