By Le Figaro with AFP
Released at half-time against Reims on Tuesday (2-1 defeat), the French defender suffered a “concussion”, Losc said on Wednesday in a press release.
Losc central defender Samuel Umtiti, world champion in 2018, must withdraw from the trip to Le Havre on Sunday during the seventh day of Ligue 1, due to a concussion suffered Tuesday against Reims.
Holder and essential in the conquest of the coronation of the Blues in Russia, Umtiti experienced an unfortunate first tenure with his new club during the defeat against Reims (2-1). Stunned after a head-on collision with Rémois Junya Ito, he remained on the ground for several minutes, before remaining on the pitch at Stade Pierre-Mauroy then finally leaving at half-time.
A six-step return protocol
“Samuel Umtiti suffered a concussion. The resumption of training will be conditional on the validation of the successive stages of the concussion protocol of the Professional Football League (LFP)», indicated the northern club on Wednesday evening, specifying that “the French international defender will be forfeited for the trip to Le Havre» Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
Article 588 of the LFP regulations as well as the concussion protocol of the French Football Federation (FFF) provide, for players who have suffered such an injury, a return in six stages: 48 hours of rest, recovery light exercises (cycling, swimming, etc.) then specific to football, non-contact coordination exercises, a return to training with contact and finally a return to competition.
In the wake of the 2018 World Cup, Samuel Umtiti experienced numerous injuries at FC Barcelona, playing little for four seasons, before relaunching during a loan in 2022-2023 to Lecce in Italy, where his performances were regularly praised . Released by Barça, the 29-year-old defender returned to France by signing this summer for Lille.