Barcelona forward Philippe Coutinho will miss “two to three weeks” of action due to a thigh muscle injury.
The former Liverpool player, 26, will hope to recover in time to face Tottenham in the Champions League at the Nou Camp on December 11.
A statement published on the club’s website read: “Tests carried out on Thursday morning have confirmed that Philippe Coutinho has a small rupture in the biceps femoris of his left leg. He will be out for approximately two to three weeks.”
Brazil international Coutinho will miss Sunday’s La Liga clash with Real Betis and may struggle to feature against Atletico Madrid in Barca’s next league fixture, and at PSV Eindhoven on November 28.
Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho has a hamstring tear and will be out for two to three weeks, the Spanish La Liga giants said Thursday.
Coutinho completed 90 minutes against Inter Milan on Tuesday, providing the assist for Malcom’s effort in a 1-1 draw at the San Siro.
He is, however, set to miss the rest of the month after picking up the unfortunate injury.
“Tests undertaken on Thursday morning have confirmed that Philippe Coutinho has a small rupture in the femoral biceps of his left leg,” Barcelona said.
“He will be out for approximately two to three weeks.”
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is yet to make a definitive decision about whether he will return from injury against Real Betis this Sunday.
Messi, 31, has been sidelined with a fractured radial bone in his right arm after falling awkwardly in the 4-2 victory against Sevilla on October 20. He travelled to Inter Milan for Tuesday’s 1-1 Champions League draw, but was judged not fit enough to feature at the last minute.
SPORT have stated that with the initial three-week recovery period about to end, the Argentina forward will consult with close advisers and medical staff about when he’ll return to action.
Another option being considered is to rest further during the international break and be at optimal condition for November 24’s resumption at Atletico Madrid.