Again operated on the left knee at the start of the week, Barça attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho will not be returned to play the Copa America with Brazil this summer, according to the Seleçao doctor.
And three. Already operated twice on the left knee since his meniscus injury at the end of December, Barça attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho (28) underwent a third surgery in Brazil earlier this week.
So much so that according to Rodrigo Lasmar, the Seleçao doctor who operated on him in Belo Horizonte, his package for the next Copa America (June 11-July 10) is recorded. “I can already say that he will not be handed over in time for the Copa América,” the doctor told Globoesporte on Tuesday.
Even if Barça did not give a precise deadline on the unavailability of the 28-year-old in a statement confirming the operation on Monday, the words of Doctor Lasmar leave little hope for a return by the end of the season.
Philippe Coutinho injured his left knee on December 29, during a Catalan club match against Eibar. “He had already been operated on twice in Barcelona, but a new surgery was necessary”, revealed the doctor of the Seleçao, evoking a “arthroscopy of the meniscus” and the “removal of a cyst in the knee”.
Coutinho, who had not adapted to Barça’s game in his first season in 2018-2019, was loaned in 2019-2020 to Bayern. Back in Catalonia last summer, he had shown – intermittently – some good things in the first half of the season, with three goals and two assists in 14 appearances. Until this injury, then. With his national team, he started the last Copa America, won at home in 2019 by the Seleçao.
According to Globoesporte, the player will stay a few days in observation in Belo Horizonte, and will then leave for Rio de Janeiro to work on his recovery.