Umtiti returns to Barcelona training as Coutinho meets new team-mates

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The French defender rejoined the team after an injury, while the Brazilian took the opportunity to introduce himself to a number of Barca players

Samuel Umtiti took part in Barcelona's training session on Tuesday as the centre-back continues his recovery from a hamstring injury.

The France international has not played since suffering the problem in a 2-2 home draw against Celta Vigo on December 2.

Umtiti was expected to miss up to eight weeks of action, but enjoyed a return to the training ground sooner than might have been expected.

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Ernesto Valverde's side are next in action on Thursday at home to Celta in the second leg of their last-16 Copa del Rey tie – the first leg having ended 1-1 – but Umtiti is not expected to be available.

Barca's new record signing Philippe Coutinho – out for three weeks with a thigh injury – was also present as the former Liverpool attacker met his new team-mates.

Aregentina boss Jorge Sampaoli was a visitor at Tuesday's session, speaking to Valverde and keeping an eye on his charges Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano.

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