Samuel Umtiti has fractured his fifth metatarsal and will be treated on Tuesday, striking a blow to any hopes of letting him out on loan this month.
Barcelona have released a medical statement revealing that Umtiti broke a bone in his foot in training on Monday and must undergo surgery.
Umtiti’s operation will be conducted on Tuesday by Dr. Antoni Dalmau, and the defender is expected to be out for two to three months.
Umtiti, 28, recently extended his contract at Camp Nou until 2026, allowing the club to decrease its pay burden and sign Ferran Torres. His new contract, however, did not imply that he would continue at the club. Barça were still hoping that he would agree to a loan transfer abroad in January to help his career.
The mood towards Umtiti from fans has softened of late, although it was still expected that the Blaugrana would try and forcibly sell him in the winter window. Umtiti’s time with Barça has been blighted by a series of injuries and he has not made more than 18 appearances in a season since the 2017/18 campaign.
The Frenchman has made only one appearance for the Blaugrana this season, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2-2 draw against Osasuna in December, but he is now set for another layoff.