November 13, 2020

Barca hurt by Coutinho injury in Clasico defeat

Barcelona have actually announced Philippe Coutinho endured a hamstring injury throughout Saturday’s Clasico loss to Real Madrid.

The Brazil global played the full match as Madrid prevailed 3-1 at Camp Nou, leaving Barca languishing in the bottom half of the table.

Coutinho finished 84 per-cent of his passes but fell short to develop a possibility in the match, while simply one of his 5 shots wound up being on target.

He has started four of the 5 LaLiga games played thus far in Ronald Koeman’s reign, including scoring Barcelona’s goal in the 1-1 draw with Sevilla on October 4.

Nonetheless, the 28-year-old– that spent the 2019-20 season on car loan at Bayern Munich, helping them secure a treble– is set for a spell on the sidelines, although Barca did not expose how long he will be out.

“Tests on Sunday morning have exposed that Philippe Coutinho has a left biceps femoris (hamstring) injury,” a brief declaration from the club read.

“Specifically how long that means he will certainly be out of action depends upon how the injury progresses.

Coutinho’s injury is a blow ahead of a midweek journey to Turin for a vital Champions League clash with Group G opponents Juventus.

Barca also have a European game versus Dynamo Kiev, as well as conferences with Deportivo Alaves and Real Betis in the league, before the November global break.