Record Barcelona signing Coutinho out for three weeks

Barcelona will have to wait for at least 20 days to see record signing Philippe Coutinho make his debut.

Philippe Coutinho hasn't played for Liverpool since 30th December against Leicester City.   -  Getty Images

Barcelona has confirmed Philippe Coutinho will not be able to make his debut until at least the end of January due to a thigh injury.

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The 25-year-old, who will finalise a move to the LaLiga leader on Monday for a reported fee of €160million, has not played since December due to a muscle complaint.

The Brazil star passed his Barca medical on Monday but tests confirmed he will be sidelined for roughly 20 days.

Coutinho is therefore expected to miss Thursday's Copa del Rey clash with Celta Vigo and league matches against Real Sociedad and Real Betis.

He could be available for the visit of Deportivo Alaves on January 28 or, intriguingly, the trip to city rival Espanyol, where he spent time on loan in 2012.

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