Philippe Coutinho faces months as Barcelona confirm knee surgery
Barcelona have confirmed that Philippe Coutinho will have to undergo surgery after suffering a lateral meniscus injury, the blow potentially leaving him on the sidelines for four months.
The 28-year-old suffered the blow in La Blaugrana’s 1-1 draw against Eibar on Tuesday night and had to be helped from the pitch by medical staff as he made his way through the tunnel.
Barcelona have since provided an update on the injury on their website.
“The tests carried out on the team’s first player Philippe Coutinho showed that the midfielder was injured in the lateral meniscus of the left knee. The treatment will require arthroscopic surgery which will take place in the next few days ”, we read.
As AS reported, the club were immediately expecting the worst after the injury and their initial prognosis turned out to be correct.
Before the full extent of the damage became apparent, there was hope that he had only partially torn the meniscus, which would have saved Coutinho from surgery and healed his healthy knee. However, it is now certain that he will be away for some time with a drug rehab that may last up to four months.
News of his absence is another blow to manager Ronald Koeman, who is still trying to find a way to get the most out of his Barca side. In the latest in a long line of setbacks, his side were held to a 1-1 draw against Eibar in La Liga as Lionel Messi watched from the sideline; a result that leaves them in sixth place, ahead of leaders Atletico Madrid by seven points.
As for Coutinho, his contributions have been modest, but he has at least been involved again after being loaned out to Bayern Munich. He has made 14 appearances this season with five goals, although this latest injury is a further blow to what has been a disappointing fate since signing for Barcelona for almost £ 150million in 2018.