Coutinho Likely Ankle Ligament Damage
It is feared that Philippe Coutinho suffered ankle ligament damage during yesterdays game against Sunderland at Anfield which led to the Brazilian wizard being stretchered off.
The tricky Brazilian had been ably shadowed by Sunderland’s Jason Denayer who limited his creativity for the first half an hour of the match. The first opportunity that Coutinho had to shake him off led to the incident which resulted in the injury.
Coutinho was replaced by Divock Origi on 34 minutes after clashing with Sunderland defender, Didier Ndong in Sunderland’s box. The Brazilian was stretchered off and was seen to be visibly upset as he was brought down the tunnel. He was later seen leaving Anfield on crutches.
Klopp played down the injury during his after match press conference saying that Phil had said that he was in a lot less pain at half time. He said, “He had pain, but pain gets better. In the first moment, it was obviously very painful but when I saw him at half-time, he said the pain was much better. We have to wait.”
Coutinho arrived to Liverpool’s Melwood training ground on Sunday wearing the same protective boot that he left Anfield in yesterday and was assessed by the medical staff ahead of a scan which is scheduled for tomorrow.
It is understood that he has sustained ankle ligament damage which is likely to keep him out of action for four weeks but pending the results of the scan, this is yet to be confirmed.
The outlook for Firmino however is more positive as the medical staff deemed a scan unnecessary but he will likely be rested for Tuesday evening’s game against Leeds in the EFL Cup.
Firmino limped off in the 87th minute after a heavy challenge and was replaced by Lucas Leiva.
Should Coutinho miss the next four weeks, he will miss Premier League games against Bournemouth, West Ham, Middlesbrough and Everton.
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