Ernesto Valverde gives an update on Samuel Umtiti's fitness

The French centre back is training as normal again but is yet to receive the green light to return to action

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In his pre-match press conference, Ernesto Valverde is optimistic that Samuel Umtiti could be available for selection against Eibar this weekend. The centre back is yet to be given the green light to return to action but is back in full training.

"Samuel Umtiti is training as normal. He's done so for the second consecutive day and we hope he's able to return to action. We'll see what happens after training today," added Valverde.

There was even better news when it came to Jordi Alba who has been cleared to play. "Jordi Alba is ready to start and play. The other day came a bit too soon for him and he was kept on the bench as a precaution."

Umtiti is expected to be named in the matchday squad even if he isn't cleared to play.

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