Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho travels to Brazil for expert treatment after further knee injury issues that have kept him out of action for THREE MONTHS – with ‘growing fears he will miss the rest of the season’
- Philippe Coutinho has traveled to Brazil for treatment for a persistent knee injury
- The playmaker has not been seen for Barça since December 29 against Eibar
- Initially a return date of three months was set, but he has experienced setbacks
- Fears are growing that he will no longer perform for Barça this season
Barcelona have confirmed that midfielder Philippe Coutinho has traveled to Brazil for expert treatment following further problems with a persistent knee injury.
The 28-year-old has not played for Barça since he was forced to play against Eibar on December 29. The Catalan club decided to send Coutinho for surgery in early 2021 with a return time of three months.
Well a report of Brand indicate that the Brazilian has seen a succession of setbacks in his recovery, with growing fears that he will not play again this season.
Philippe Coutinho has traveled to Brazil for expert treatment of persistent knee injuries
As a result, Coutinho has been sent back to his native country after a consultation in Qatar failed to resolve the problem.
It has been speculated that Coutinho would have to go under the knife for a second time, which would almost certainly rule him out for the season, but Barça has denied those claims.
That said, Coutinho is in a race against time to be able to pay again this season, with further evaluation of the problem expected in Brazil before setting a return date.
The playmaker has not been seen for Barça since December 29 and underwent surgery
It has been Coutinho’s last frustration since joining Barca, with the midfielder struggling to live up to the £ 140m he paid for him in early 2018 after moving from Liverpool.
Sportsmail reported last week that Ronald Koeman was eager to release the Brazilian, while the playmaker got closer to triggering a £ 17 million payment agreed upon when he joined.
This clause is supposed to be triggered when Coutinho reaches 100 games for the club with cash flows. He is currently at 90.
The fear is growing that Coutinho will no longer play this season after setbacks