After suffering an injury during Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Eibar, Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho is expected to undergo knee surgery, the Spanish club said on Wednesday.
Coutinho, 28, started the game on the bench and came on in the second half, but during stoppage time he limped off the pitch as Barcelona ended the game with 10 players making all their substitutions.
“The tests carried out on the first team player Philippe Coutinho have shown that the midfielder has an injury to the lateral meniscus in his left knee,” the club said in a statement.
“Treatment will necessitate arthroscopic surgery which will take place in the coming days.”
On his return, the club did not offer a timeline.
In all competitions, Coutinho, who returned to Barca this season after a fruitful loan spell with Bayern Munich, has three goals and two assists. He is joining a growing list of injuries that already includes Gerard Pique, Ansu Fati, and Sergi Roberto.
Barcelona has experienced a torrid start to its La Liga campaign and is sixth out of 15 games in the La Liga standings on 25 points, seven behind Atletico Madrid’s lead with two games in hand.