Although he wasn’t able to play in Barcelona’s Champions League quarter-final because of injuries, it has been announced that Samuel Umtiti has tested positive for COVID-19.
The French World Cup winning centre-back has struggled to regain full fitness ever since sustaining a long-term knee injury.
Regardless of his current issues, he will now have to quarantine and be unable to return to training until he tests negative.
It’s another setback for a player who has gone from being an almost guaranteed starter for the Catalans to losing his place to countryman, Clement Lenglet.
Unless Umtiti can get a period of games played in a row in order to get back to true match fitness, the expectation for the immediate future will surely be that he will consistently be nothing more than a back-up.
For now, getting back to health will be the priority.