Per Bayern Munich’s official club web site, Phillippe Coutinho has had a successful operation on his right ankle where loose joint fragments were removed from the affected area. The Brazilian midfielder has had off and on problems with his right ankle ever since sustaining a significant injury there back when he played for Liverpool in 2016. At the time, the injury only kept him sidelined for a little over a month and he was a key figure in Liverpool’s push for a top four finish in the Premier League in that 2016/2017 season once he returned to action.
It was finally determined that he would require an operation to successfully remove the loose fragments in his ankle so that his ankle will eventually be able to heal properly. He will be able to start the necessary recovery process after two weeks of immobilization of his right ankle. If everything goes according to plan, Coutinho will be starting his recovery program just as the Bundesliga starts resuming matches on May 9th. Of course, the appropriate health and government officials in Germany still need to give the DFL’s May 9th return plan the green light before anything can progress, but with a lot of matches to take place in a shorter period of time, Hansi Flick would surely want to have Coutinho available for selection as soon as possible.
Coutinho’s operation comes just after it was announced Niklas Sule has experienced a minor speed bump in his comeback with suffering knee edema and fellow midfielder Corentin Tolisso also had surgery to repair torn ligaments in his ankle. Unfortunately for Tolisso, it looks as if his season could be over if everything resumes on May 9th as planned. Flick’s midfield options could be running a bit thin next month if Bayern are playing matches by then.