LA LIGA - Barcelona, Umtiti to undergo foot operation
Barca have released a statement confirming that Umtiti will go under the knife after suffering a metatarsal injury in training.
"Barcelona player Samuel Umtiti tooks a blow to his right foot in training on Monday and has fractured his fifth metatarsal bone. The player will undergo surgery on Tuesday with Doctor Antoni Dalmau and with the Club's medical services supervising".
The 28-year-old will likely be facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to the serious nature of his foot injury. Xavi will certainly be without him for the Blaugrana's final two games before the international break, with a Copa del Rey round-of-16 tie against Athletic Club up next on Thursday before a clash with Alaves in La Liga three days later.
The defender will tundergo foot operation just days after signing new four-and-a-half-year contract. He has only played once for Barca across all competitions this season, having so far failed to force his way into Xavi's plans after falling out of favour under his predecessor Ronald Koeman.