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Blow for Liverpool as ankle injury rules Coutinho out for six weeks

The Brazilian playmaker has been in devastating form this season.

Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho.
Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho.
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LIVERPOOL HAVE BEEN dealt a major blow with news that star midfielder Philippe Coutinho will be sidelined for up to six weeks with an ankle injury.

The Brazilian was carried off the field on a stretcher after a collision with Didier Ndong during the Reds’ 2-0 win against Sunderland on Saturday.

Coutinho, 24, went for a scan on his foot today which revealed he had torn ligaments in his right ankle.

There had initially been fears that Coutinho had suffered a break so while the mercurial playmaker will miss a key run of Premier League fixtures, there is a sense that it could have been much worse for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Coutinho has been instrumental in Liverpool’s excellent start to the Premier League season, scoring five goals and accumulating six assists, which sees them second only to Chelsea after 13 games.

The midfielder is likely to miss seven league fixtures for Liverpool which includes a busy festive period — Bournemouth (a), West Ham (h), Middlesbrough (a), Everton (a), Stoke City (h), Manchester City (h) and Sunderland (a) — although he could be back for the 15 January clash against rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford.

In the shorter-term Klopp is facing a number of further injury concerns ahead of tomorrow night’s EFL Cup quarter-final against Leeds United with Roberto Firmino (calf), Adam Lallana (groin) and Daniel Sturridge (calf) in doubt for the fixture.

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