Central alarm: Piqué and Umtiti, between cottons

first_imgMore worrying is Samuel Umtiti. The French central is not well physically. Before Betis he was slow and seized in many of his interventions, showing an insecurity and improper fragility of a player of his level. It is clearly showing that his decision not to have his right knee operated after the 2018 World Cup was a big mistake, as he continues to give him a thousand and one problems. This Monday without going any further, the requirement of the match against Betis, forced him to stay in the locker room to perform a knee treatment, which ended up quite swollen.Thus, Setién will be forced to resort to the subsidiary to cover the payroll of plants. The Uruguayan Rolando Araújo will be the chosen one. The center, which in recent days is training with the first team, has extraordinary conditions, but it seems that they have not quite convinced the Cantabrian coach. Only then can it be understood that before Betis, and after the expulsion of Lenglet, he would prefer to put Sergio Busquets as central than before giving entry to Araújo, despite still having the possibility of a change. Finally, Setién made the change effective, but it was Rakitic who took the field for Griezmann. Quique Setién is still accumulating problems because of such a short staff, with only 16 troops from the first team. Any setback, in the form of a sanction or injury, becomes a real headache. Looking ahead to LaLiga’s Saturday game against Getafe at Camp Nou, the Cantabrian coach will not be able to count on Clement Lenglet, after being sent off for double reprimand in the match of the last day against Betis (2-3) in Benito Villamarín.This absence leaves him with a bleak picture, having only two power stations available in the first team: Gerard Piqué and Samuel Umtiti. And we say available to say something because if they had to play a game this Wednesday they would arrive in certain very precarious conditions. To start, the Catalan central, which was low last day by penalty, is recovering from an overload in the abductor of the right leg, which forced him to be replaced last Thursday during the Cup quarterfinal match against Athletic ( 1-0) in San Mamés. In fact, this Monday the rest of his teammates were exercised separately, although they assure us that it is planned that Thursday complete the session with the group and that Saturday is already fully recovered.last_img read more