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Bayern Munich Alumni: FC Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho is out at least five more weeks

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It has been a long and arduous 2020/2021 campaign for FC Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho.

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When last we heard from former Bayern Munich midfielder Philippe Coutinho, he left the FC Barcelona campus and went back to Brazil for medical treatment.

Per AS, Coutinho underwent surgery for a meniscal cyst in his left knee. The procedure was deemed “successful” by the doctor:

Philippe Coutinho was operated on “successfully” by the doctor of the Brazil national team, Rodrigo Lasmar, for a meniscal cyst in his left knee, as announced by the Blaugrana club in a brief medical statement.

Success, though, is relative and hopefully Coutinho will have a speedy recovery. According to AS, that will likely be five-to-six weeks, which will put him out for the rest of FC Barcelona’s season:

As AS has come to know, the player’s recovery, if there are no more setbacks, could be set between five to six weeks.

AS also provided a but of an update on Coutinho’s plans for recovery:

The player also had no intention of returning to Barcelona in the short-term, so he would begin his recovery with the physios in Brazil, demonstrating his loss of confidence with the current medical service of the club.

According to Marca, Coutinho’s injury’s injury saved FC Barcelona €20 million in bonus money it would have had to pay to Liverpool:

Philippe Coutinho’s injury setback means that the Brazil international is ruled out for the rest of the season and will not reach 100 games with the Blaugrana. In the event Coutinho managed to do so, the Catalans would have to pay 20 million euros to Liverpool due to a bonus clause included in the deal between the two clubs.

Finally, Lasmar had a quote captured by Sport which indicates that even with Coutinho’s estimated five-to-six week recovery period, the midfielder probably will not be able to play for Brazil in this summer’s Copa America tournament (June 13th to July 10th):

“I can say that he won’t make the Copa America,” Rodrigo Lasmar told Globoesporte. “They’d already operated on him twice in Barcelona but a third procedure was necessary.”