Philippe Coutinho set to stay at Barcelona

Speaking at his press conference on Friday, Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman said that there is a place in his squad for Philippe Coutinho this season.

“Philippe needs another week of training before being in the squad. For me, he’s a great player and he can be important for Barca. I am absolutely counting on him for this season.”

Coutinho, 29, has not featured for the Catalan club since last December due to injury and is not in the squad for Saturday’s game against Athletic Club in La Liga, but Koeman said he could come into contention for next week’s fixture against Getafe.

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