FC Barcelona has confirmed that midfielder Philippe Coutinho has undergone surgery in Brazil to remove a meniscal cyst in his left knee. After travelling to Brazil a week ago, his second procedure has now been completed successfully.
Coutinho has been sidelined since late December when he hobbled off the pitch after sustaining damage to the internal meniscus of his left knee. The club state that the operation was carried out by Dr Rodrigo Lasmar, under the Club’s medical services team’s supervision.
MEDICAL NEWS | @Phil_Coutinho had a meniscal cyst in his left knee successfully operated on by Dr. Rodrigo Lasmar, under the supervision of the Club's medical services team. Coutinho is out and his recovery will determine his availability. pic.twitter.com/ea8lIYVosl— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) April 5, 2021
It seems most likely that Coutinho will now certainly be out for the remainder of the season, although Barcelona has not specified a definite time frame for his return. With reports of his departure constantly emerging, Coutinho may well have played his last game in a Barcelona shirt.
Coutinho was expected to return in March, but he has been unable to return to training on the field and has had to strictly do targeted work in the gym.
The repeated swelling of his knee has majorly hampered his recuperation this season, which is why going under the knife again was the only option. The club’s record-signing has not had the best of spells with the Blaugrana, consistently struggling for form and fitness.
He is now considered largely expendable and the Catalans will look for a way to offload the midfielder in the coming summer. Football is unpredictable however, but first and foremost, Coutinho can hopefully make a speedy recovery.