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Coutinho's injury caused by stress over his future, says doctor

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The Liverpool star is said to be anxious about changing club

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Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho is back in training for Brazil and ready for action, with his recent injury caused by emotional stress over his future, apparently.

The Brazilian is yet to feature for the Reds this season, apparently due to a back injury, but looks set to play a full part for his national side after joining up with the squad.

Coutinho missed Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Arsenal on Sunday, with Klopp insisting pre-match he was still not fit, but now seems to have made a very quick recovery.

According to Brazil doctor Michael Simoni, his injury was due to stress over his future with Coutinho having had a transfer request rejected by Liverpool, amid interest from Barca.

“Coutinho back problem? He is okay now. The back problem was a matter of stress, it was something emotional,” he said.

“The uncertainty about his future led him to feeling stressed. Everything is solved now.

'Coutinho and I are friends since years, I always treat his medical cases. All he needed was someone to give him a pep talk.”

Source | Esporte

Simoni also said that he had discussed the future with Coutinho and admitted the player is worried about what will happen.

“He's a bit anxious about the possibility of changing club.” he added.

“Of course we talked about this possible transfer, about the things that are in his heart right now.

“His back pains, in my opinion, are explained by this anxiety. Muscular tension normally does that.”

Source | ESPN Brasil

Whether Barcelona will actually land Coutinho remains very much unknown as conflicting reports continue to circulate.

While some outlets have reported Liverpool are now willing to negotiate, others claim the club’s stance has not changed at all.

However, the club have today, confirmed they have agreed a deal to Naby Keita, although the midfielder will not arrive until next summer.