Coutinho’s Barcelona debut delayed up to 3 weeks due to thigh injury

Philippe Coutinho‘s dream of playing for Barcelona is now a reality.

But he’ll have to wait a little longer to make his debut.

Upon completing a reported €160-million transfer from Liverpool on Monday and signing a five-and-a-half-year contract with the Blaugrana, the Brazilian was ruled out for around three weeks with a pre-existing thigh problem.

👕🤩 @Phil_Coutinho 💙❤️#CoutinhoDay

— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 8, 2018

Coutinho missed Liverpool’s first two matches of 2018 with the injury. Some suspected he had exaggerated the issue to finally push through a deal that had been in the works since last summer. Back then, he complained of back pain right around the time Barcelona made its first bid.

The Independent reported in September that a scan revealed “nothing was wrong with him.” Coutinho later represented Brazil in a World Cup qualifier, with the team’s doctor noting that he was in “perfect condition” to play.

But Monday’s medical at Barcelona’s Ciutat Esportiva facility confirmed his current injury is, in fact, real.

The 25-year-old long campaigned for this move to happen. Although his performances for Liverpool in the first half of the season showed no signs …read more