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Barcelona confirm Philippe Coutinho shirt number

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And it’s as we expected

New Barcelona Signing Philippe Coutinho Unveiled Photo by Miquel Benitez/Getty Images

Barcelona have confirmed that Philippe Coutinho will wear the No. 14 shirt, taking over from Javier Mascherano who is heading for Hebei China Fortune.

The Argentine said goodbye to the club today and is expected to be at Camp Nou on Thursday to bid farewell to supporters ahead of the Copa del Rey clash with Espanyol.

Coutinho, meanwhile, is expected to be available for the game on Thursday and it’s possible he could make his debut against Espanyol, the club he spent time on loan with before moving to Liverpool.

Ernesto Valverde has said he will check on the Brazilian’s fitness after training today, so it’s unclear yet if he will feature tomorrow - let’s hope so.