Umtiti facing eight weeks out with hamstring injury

Samuel Umtiti will miss the December 23 El Clasico after suffering a hamstring injury which could keep him out for two months.

Samuel Umtiti faces a lengthy layoff   -  Getty Images

Samuel Umtiti is facing an eight-week layoff with a hamstring injury picked up in the draw against Celta Vigo and will miss the Clasico clash with Real Madrid on December 23.

The France international pulled up in the second half when chasing Iago Aspas in the build-up to the visitor's second goal and immediately signalled to be substituted.

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Barca sent the central defender for tests and has since confirmed he has a muscle injury that will keep him sidelined until the new year.

"The draw between Barca and Celta has left some bad news in the form of an injury," the club said in a statement.

"Tests carried out have confirmed that first-team player Samuel Umtiti has an injury to the femoral biceps of his right hamstring. The approximate time out is eight weeks."

The centre-back is therefore set to miss at least all of Barca's games before the winter break, which include a Champions League clash with Sporting CP as well as league meetings with Villarreal, Deportivo La Coruna and Madrid on December 23.

The club will hope to have him available for the derby with Espanyol on February 3.

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