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Philippe Coutinho set to make his Barcelona debut in crunch Copa del Rey match

The £142million signing has had to wait for the magic moment due to an injury he brought with him but looks like he will make his debut this week

Good things come to those who wait.

For Barcelona fans it must feel like they have been waiting a while to see their shiny new Philippe Coutinho playing football in the flesh.

Well it seems the wait could be over in just a couple of days.


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Barca’s best midfielder and Philippe Coutinho

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Barca’s best midfielder and Philippe Coutinho

Coutinho moved the Barca for £142million on January 6 but has been unable to actually get onto the pitch for the La Liga leaders because of an injury he brought with him from Anfield.

Of course, the conspiracy theorists among you thought it was all a rouse to force the move to Spain when the Brazilian claimed he had a thigh strain.

Barcelona’s super doctors, those who have kept Lionel Messi injury-free for 10 years, have worked their magic on the club’s record signing and, according to MARCA, he is due to make his debut this Thursday.


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The only time weve actually seen Coutinho in a Barca kit

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The only time weve actually seen Coutinho in a Barca kit

Barcelona face Espanyol in the quarter final of the Copa del Rey and it’s a crunch match as the Ernesto Valverde’s side are 1-0 down from the first leg and need to win to progress.

Luckily it now looks like they will be able to call on the creativity that Coutinho possesses to get past their Catalan rivals.

The Spanish paper reports that both Coutinho and Andres Iniesta have proved their fitness in time and are likely to feature at some point during the game.

Sadly no one turned up to see Coutinho being unveiled

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Sadly no one turned up to see Coutinho being unveiled

While Coutinho’s debut will be seen as a huge moment for many of the La Blaugrana with the way the team have been playing it is not out of the question that shoehorning the little magician in could disrupt the flow.

Barcelona are flying at the top of La Liga, 11 points ahead of Atletico Madrid with Real Madrid a further eight behind, they play Chelsea in the last 16 of the Champions League in February and will be in the semi final of the Copa del Rey if they can get past Espanyol.

Either way, watching Messi, Coutinho and Luis Suarez connecting on the pitch will be dreamy.


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