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Phillippe Coutinho sidelined for three weeks after Barcelona medical reveals thigh injury as £145m signing is set to be unveiled at the Nou Camp

Philippe Coutinho sidelined for about three weeks after his Barcelona medical revealed a thigh injury.
The medical event took place in two stages, the first starting at 7.30am local time and the second later in the morning, and revealed a scar in his right thigh.

This means that Coutinho’s debut will be delayed and he is likely to miss the upcoming Copa del Rey clash against Celta Vigo and league games against Real Sociedad, Real Betis and Alaves.

The Brazilian star move makes him- the second most expensive in football history – as a he proclaim its ‘dream come true’.

After the medical completion, the 25-year-old will sign his contract and then officially be presented to the fans on the Nou Camp pitch at 12.45pm UK time.

Addressing fans on Instagram, Coutinho said in English: ‘Hi Barca fans. I am here. It is a dream come true and I hope to see you tomorrow.’

Barcelona finally got their man after failing with three bids in the summer and the five-and-a-half-year deal Coutinho has signed contains a €400m (£354m) release clause.

Only Neymar’s £198m exit from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain dwarfs Coutinho’s transfer fee while Barcelona now boast the second and third most expensive players ever after their £134m deal for Ousmane Dembele.

It is also the biggest-ever fee for a player who did not have a release clause in their contract and represents a handsome profit for Liverpool, who signed Coutinho from Inter Milan for £8.5m in 2013.

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