According to a report published by AS, Philippe Coutinho picked up a hamstring injury after the game against Real Madrid and is expected to be out for three weeks in recovery.
Coutinho played the entire 90 minutes in the El Clasico, starting on the left-wing initially, but being pegged to central midfield in an interesting turn of events as Barcelona chased the game for the last half-an-hour.
Before this game, the Brazilian had featured in all of Barcelona’s five La Liga games this season, scoring one goal and registering two assists. He also played 70 minutes in the UEFA Champions League against Ferencvaros, scoring Blaugrana’s third of the game.
Now, however, Coutinho is expected to return no earlier than the end of the next international break, which ends with a game against Atletico Madrid on the 22nd of November. This means that he is likely out for the game against Juventus, which is already lacking the glimmer of Cristiano Ronaldo, who is recovering from Coronavirus.
The 28-year-old has been in spectacular form this season, but his absence should not be a cause of worry for the Garnet and the Blue, who have enough firepower in their ranks to cover for Coutinho. Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, and Pedri are all more than capable of starting and performing in that attacking midfield role that Coutinho has made his own this season.
Griezmann jokes when asked about his future following Copa championship: “Ask the president”
After being starved of trophies for two years, Barcelona have won silverware, defeating Athletic Bilbao in the final of the Copa del Rey by four goals to nothing. Lionel Messi was on target twice, while Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann got a goal each as Barça cruise to victory.
Following the game, Griezmann, who opened the scoring for Barcelona, spoke to the media, including about his future. He jokingly replied to that question by saying, “Ask the president.”
He said that he was very proud of the team and how they have managed to turn around the season, “Proud of the team and the work. We know that the season is very long and there are good and bad times. Keep enjoying the team and in the end the reward will come.”
He ended the presser on a celebratory note, saying, “We have to celebrate this title and enjoy it as a result of the work we’ve done.”
The Frenchman has been in excellent form throughout the Copa del Rey campaign and spearheaded the comeback against Granada in the Quarter-finals. He also assisted Gerard Pique for a last minute equaliser against Sevilla when all seemed lost, and has now been rewarded with the first Copa del Rey win of his career. Onto bigger and better things, hopefully.