Coutinho to miss Bordeaux clash with minor injury

The Brazilian was replaced against Manchester City with suspected cramp, but has undertaken a scan which revealed minimal damage

GOALBy Melissa Reddy

Philippe Coutinho is set to sit out Liverpool’s Europa League clash with Bordeaux at Anfield due to a minor hamstring injury, with the club not expecting the Brazilian to be sidelined for long.

The 23-year-old was replaced on 68 minutes against Manchester City on Saturday evening, after delivering an inspired display in an incredible 4-1 win.

It was originally thought that he had cramp, with the medical team planning to wait 48 hours for the niggle to settle before drawing any conclusions.

However, it was decided Coutinho should be sent to Newton-le-Willows for a scan on Monday evening.

The results revealed minimal damage but the Brazilian should play no part in Thursday night’s encounter.

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He has not started the previous two Europa League clashes under Jurgen Klopp, and would have likely been rested regardless.

There is a hope Liverpool’s Player of the Year could feature against Swansea on Sunday, with his fitness to be monitored closely on Friday and Saturday.

Given the injury problems the club have suffered this season though, they will be loathe to unnecessarily risk Coutinho, who has again proved to be their standout star.

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