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Barcelona confirm Coutinho set for knee surgery

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The Brazilian picked up the injury against Eibar

FC Barcelona v SD Eibar - La Liga Santander Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Barcelona confirmed on Wednesday that Philippe Coutinho needs knee surgery after picking up an injury in the 1-1 draw against Eibar.

The Brazil international came off the bench in the second half but was forced off late on after picking up a problem.

Coutinho has since undergone tests which have revealed the 28-year-old requires surgery.

“The tests carried out on the first team player Philippe Coutinho have shown that the midfielder has an injury to the lateral meniscus in his left knee. Treatment will necessitate arthroscopic surgery which will take place in the coming days.

“The Brazilian came on in the 66th minute of the draw against Eibar in place of Miralem Pjanic but was unable to complete the game due to his injury which he picked up in injury time in the second half, leaving Barça with 10 men as they had already used their five permitted substitutes.”

Source | FC Barcelona

It’s not clear yet how long Coutinho will be out of action for, but the Brazilian joins Gerard Pique, Ansu Fati and Sergi Roberto on the injured list.