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Philippe Coutinho will be out of action for up to three weeks after suffering a hamstring injury during Saturday afternoon’s El Clasico, per AS.
The Brazilian playmaker played all 90 minutes as Ronald Koeman’s side were put to the sword by Zinedine Zidane’s men yesterday. Coutinho spurned a huge chance when the both the teams were level at 1-1 and will now miss his side’s Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Juventus.
His potential absence for the next three weeks would force the 28-year-old to miss at least four games for the Camp Nou outfit. Aside from next midweek’s tie against Juventus, Coutinho would also miss the next two league games against Alaves and Real Betis as well as a home tie with Dynamo Kiev.
Ronald Koeman will be hoping the former Liverpool star can regain his fitness in time for Barcelona’s high-stakes trip to Atletico Madrid on November 22, which the club would be hoping to win to rekindle their chances of winning La Liga title.
The Premier League champions are still struggling to fill the chasm created by the Dutchman’s injury during their 2-2 draw with Everton last week. Van Dijk was on the receiving end of a heavy-handed tackle from Toffees’ goalkeeper Jordan who escaped the tackle without any punishment.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have since confirmed the severity of the injury and that the Netherlands international will need a surgery on the damaged cruciate ligament. That, as well as the subsequent rehabilitation program, could see Van Dijk spend the rest of the season on the sidelines.
And the Merseyside outfit have now been told by one of their greats that Coady has what it takes to fill in the boots of the Dutch centre-half. Lawrenson, who won five league titles and the European cup with the Reds, also thinks that the Wolves centre-back is a ‘very good organizer’.
The last unbeaten side in the Premier League was defeated as Southampton recorded an impressive victory over Everton at St Mary’s.
Two first-half goals from James Ward-Prowse and Che Adams earned Southampton a deserved victory over a lack-luster Everton side on Sunday.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side had come into this game as the only unbeaten side in the Premier League, after Aston Villa were thrashed by newcomers Leeds United on Friday night.
The Toffees went into the game having won four and drawn the other of their opening five games but struggled to test Saints’ keeper Alex McCarthy as the home side played with more purpose and intensity to record their 3rd win of the new season.
Everton were also forced to finish the game with 10-men after Lucas Digne was sent off for standing on the heel of Kyle Walker-Peters. The right back has become the second Toffees player to receive a red card in as many games after Richarlison was giving his marching orders last weekend.
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