Barcelona forward Philippe Coutinho is set to undergo further knee surgery in Brazil and looks unlikely to play again in the 2020-21 campaign.
The club confirmed a week ago that Coutinho had returned to his homeland “for medical treatment” on his knee injury. According to Daniel Mundim at Globo, Coutinho will “undergo a new arthroscopy” on his left knee in Belo Horizonte.
The 28-year-old initially underwent surgery in January and then had a further intervention in Qatar. He has since been diagnosed with a meniscal cyst that requires further medical intervention.
Coutinho has not played for Barcelona since December because of his injury problems and looks unlikely to feature again in 2020-21. The Catalan giants have just 10 La Liga games left of the current campaign.
The forward could still be fit in time for the Copa America in the summer. The tournament takes place in Argentina and Colombia and is scheduled to start on June 13.
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Is Coutinho’s Barcelona Career Over?
The news that Coutinho requires further surgery will be a blow to the Brazilian who started the season brightly for Ronald Koeman’s side after returning from a season-long loan with Bayern Munich.
Yet it now appears the former Liverpool man may have already played his last game for Barcelona. Speculation persists he will be moved on in the summer as the Catalan giants look to offload some players due to financial pressures.
Barcelona is said to consider Coutinho’s sale as urgent in order to slash the wage bill. The Brazilian is one of the team’s highest earners and only Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann earn more, according to Lluis Miguelsanz at Sport.
The report also notes that Barca still owes Coutinho’s former club Liverpool several instalments and so would be willing to sell, even at a big loss, to provide significant short-term liquidity.
Barca will be keen for Coutinho to return to full fitness and feature at the Copa America for Brazil where some strong performances could draw interest from clubs and attract potential buyers.
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