Coutinho is already facing the last stretch of the recovery from his serious injury that took him off the pitch on December 29. The Brazilian already touches the ball and trains with some intensity, while his knee does not seem to suffer. This makes the club’s doctors and physiotherapists very optimistic, who hope that it will be available even for the first day of La Liga, in two weeks.
The midfielder works tirelessly to meet this goal and to be able to make a hole in the squad from the beginning, to be able to vindicate himself and return to being the destabilizing player for whom Barça paid more than 100 million.
Coutinho is a player in whom Koeman trusts, and who has already shown that he had him in his plans, since he started at the beginning of last season until the moment of his injury. The Brazilian is still 29 years old and has a lot of football in his boots, so he must regain his best version. Coutinho has a contract in force with the club until 2023, so Barça is in no hurry to get rid of a player who is now undervalued. Nor are they considering a transfer, since the one he had at Bayern was not satisfactory for either party.
In fact, the Brazilian’s recovery is great news for the Blaugrana team, whose infirmary is full of important first-team players such as Dembélé, Ansu Fati or Ter Stegen.
Even so, the bad financial situation that Barça is going through, largely conditions sports planning, so we still cannot rule out that the player will finally leave in order to comply with the fair play financial, or to be able to bring players in necessary positions to reinforce. But the most probable thing is that the club, out before players like Pjanic or Umtiti, with whom the coach does not have.