[Photo] Coutinho Injury Scare: Liverpool Star Snapped At Hospital Having MRI Scan
Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho is a fitness doubt for the Southampton game after being photographed at hospital undergoing an MRI scan on Thursday
Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho is a fitness doubt for tomorrow’s trip to Southampton after being photographed at hospital undergoing an MRI scan on Thursday afternoon, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Coutinho played in both of Brazil’s World Cup qualifying wins over Argentina and Peru during the international break and there were no reports of any injury being sustained while he was away with the national team over the past 10 days.
The 24-year-old arrived back on Merseyside on Wednesday night after Liverpool paid for a private jet to fly Coutinho and Roberto Firmino back from South America a day early in preparation for Saturday’s trip to St Mary’s.
Jurgen Klopp confirmed at his pre-match press conference yesterday that the Samba Boys were due at Melwood on Thursday afternoon where they’d be checked over by the clubs medical team before their participation against Southampton would be decided.
However, it seems there is a concern over Coutinho’s fitness as the Liverpool Echo are reporting that the attacker underwent an MRI scan at the city’s Spire Hospital yesterday afternoon with a photo of the player at the hospital doing the rounds on the internet.
No further details are given over the player’s possible injury but the newspaper does say Coutinho didn’t train with the rest of the squad on Thursday and is a doubt for Saturday’s trip to the South Coast.
It would be a huge blow for Liverpool if Coutinho was ruled out as he’s been in superb form so far this season with the Brazilian star scoring 6 goals and providing a further 6 assists for his team mates in his 12 appearances.
With Adam Lallana also a doubt for the Southampton game with a groin injury sustained while playing for England, Liverpool could be without two of their most influential players this weekend. Gini Wijnaldum and Daniel Sturridge are on stand-by to start at St Mary’s if both players are ruled out.