Barca’s Umtiti out of Atletico clash


Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti will miss the Spanish champions’ vital La Liga clash with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday due to a knee ligament strain.

“Umtiti suffered a lateral collateral ligament strain in his left knee during training this morning,” Barca said in a statement on Tuesday.

The French international’s absence opens the door for Javier Mascherano to return alongside Gerard Pique at the heart of the Barca defence.

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