BARCELONA face one more damage blow as Philippe Coutinho has been dominated out for ‘two to a few weeks’ following a hamstring damage.
The Nou Camp facet have been with out Lionel Messi for 2 La Liga matches with a damaged arm — in addition to their Champions League draw away to Inter Milan.
They usually now face the prospect of getting key playmaker Coutinho, 26, out the squad with a hamstring drawback.
Barcelona’s official web site confirmed the information, saying: “Exams carried out on Thursday morning have confirmed that Coutinho has a small rupture in his left biceps femoris.”
Regardless of the present La Liga leaders being with out Messi for the El Classico two weeks in the past, striker Luis Suarez stepped as much as the plate scoring a hat-trick of their 5-1 drubbing of Actual Madrid.
Coutinho opened the scoring for Barcelona in opposition to their rivals whereas additionally netting on 4 events in his 11 league video games.
The damage to Barcelona’s No7 could supply a lot wanted sport time to fellow Brazilian Malcom, who signed from Bordeaux this summer time for £36.5million.
Malcom has struggled for kind and minutes this season with the winger making simply 4 appearances, not managing one begin.
Nonetheless, luck could also be with the 21-year-old as he bagged his first purpose for Barcelona having come off the bench in opposition to Inter Milan to place his facet forward having been on the pitch simply 90 seconds.
Regardless of rumours linking Malcom away from the Nou Camp, with Coutinho’s damage and the midweek purpose in Europe, a possibility for the winger to show himself could have materialised.
Barca high Champions League Group B and high of La Liga forward of shock second-placed native rivals Espanyol.