Barcelona have announced that midfielder Philippe Coutinho is nursing a hamstring complaint is that could sideline him for up to three weeks, this seeing him playing no part in upcoming fixtures
The Brazilian international will also be forced to sit out games for his country after apparently damaging the femoral biceps in his left leg. He was, however, able to play the full 90 minutes for Barca in their most recent game, the 1-1 draw away to Inter Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Coutinho, in fact, provided the assist for fellow attacker Malcom’s maiden Barca goal in the draw played out at the San Siro. He will, however, miss action for the rest of the month after picking up an untimely knock. Barca, on their official website, released a statement that read: “Tests undertaken on Thursday morning have confirmed that Philippe Coutinho has a small rupture in the femoral biceps of his left leg. He will be out for approximately two to three weeks.”
If the 26-year-old is not able to make a quick enough recovery, then it is unlikely that he will be in action again in November. This means he could miss a host of fixtures for club and country. Barca are set to face Real Betis at Camp Nou on Sunday before domestic action takes a hiatus as a result of international action.
Coutinho could well have turned up for Brazil then, thus adding to his 45 caps, but will instead play no part in friendly games CONMEBOL rivals Uruguay and African side Cameroon on November 16 and 20, respectively. The former Liverpool player could, however, play some role in the crunch La Liga clash with Atletico Madrid on November 24, if he is able to shake off his ailment inside two weeks.
Philippe Coutinho vs Inter Milan
Rising to the occasion yet again.
— Andris (@xCoutinho7i) November 7, 2018
Else, he may sit out that contest, as well as the European date with PSV in Eindhoven on November 28. Barcelona play their next game in December will see them host Villarreal, and they will hope to have Coutinho back by then. Ernesto Valverde’s side are currently placed at the top of the La Liga standings, and are safely through to the last-16 of the Champions League.
In the absence of talismanic skipper Leo Messi, Coutinho and Luis Suarez have stepped up and ensured Barca have not suffered too much, so it will be interesting to see how La Blaugrana adapt to life without the duo, though Messi could come back soon and ease any such fears.