Copa America 2021: Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho to miss continental championship, says Brazil doctor
Barcelona did not reveal how much time he would miss, but national team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar effectively ruled him out for the rest of the season.
According to Spanish media reports, Erling Haaland's father and his agent Mino Raiola will also travel to the Spanish capital to meet with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.
Barcelona are coming off their first season without a trophy since 2007-08 and have a debt of more than 1.1 billion euros, largely because of the coronavirus crisis.
Media outlets like Marca have posted a video online of Mbappe apparently saying “In the street, I’ll kill you” to Alba during PSG’s 4-1 win at Barcelona on Tuesday.
Barca, who are third and 11 points behind the leaders, face Alaves at home later on Saturday before Real Madrid host Valencia on Sunday.
Barcelona responded by also insisting they were not responsible for the leak, although the club did not deny the details of the report.
Messi has not played since a 3-0 win over Valladolid on 22 December, when he scored his 644th career goal for Barcelona to overtake Pelé’s all-time scoring milestone for their clubs.
LaLiga: Barcelona have time to submit a 'convincing proposal' to ensure Lionel Messi stay, says club's presidential candidate Joan Laporta
Laporta called Messi's wait-and-see approach "positive", although the Argentine star said in the interview that "the club is going through a difficult time" and that it would be "complicated to bring it back to the level it was at".
LaLiga: Barcelona dealt with injury blow as midfielder Philippe Coutinho set to undergo knee surgery
Coutinho's loss adds to a long list of injuries including Lionel Messi, with the club sixth in LaLiga seven points off leaders Atletico Madrid.
Speaking to Spanish TV channel La Sexta, Messi insisted that he was "excited" to play under coach Ronald Koeman this season despite trying to leave the club where he has played his entire senior career last summer.
Lionel Messi's all-time goal-scoring record with a single club untouchable, says ex-England striker Gary Lineker
Messi beat Pele's record of 643 goals for one club when he scored Barcelona's third goal, and the 644th of his Barca career, in the 3-0 win against Valladolid on Tuesday.
Asian Champions League: Ex-Barcelona star and Vissel Kobe’s Andres Iniesta vows to play on after surgery
Iniesta joined Vissel Kobe in 2018 after making 442 appearances for Barcelona, where he was the midfield dynamo in some of the club's greatest ever teams.
Barcelona toasted the resignation of Josep Maria Bartomeu as president on Tuesday by beating Juventus 24 hours later in the Champions League. But not everything has changed.
Real Madrid won the first Clasico of 2020-21 LaLiga season 3-1 at an empty Camp Nou. It is Barcelona's second consecutive league defeat and a third straight winless game.
LaLiga: Sergio Ramos leads Real Madrid to victory over Barcelona as club bounces back from woeful run
Real Madrid lead the league with 13 points. Barcelona have seven with a game in hand.
“Not having fans is the worst thing that can happen in a Barça-Madrid match,” Barcelona boss Koeman said.
8 weeks have passed since the humiliation against Bayern Munich and what has been a miserable period for everyone associated with the historic club.
Barcelona reported losses of 97 million euros for the 2019-20 season, blaming the deficit on “the effects of COVID-19.”
Lionel Messi attempts to put his dispute with FC Barcelona behind, says it is time for club to unite
"After so many disagreements, I would like to put an end to it all. We must unite as Barcelona fans and believe that the best is yet to come," Messi said.
Manchester City would have been the favourites to sign Messi if he had managed to make his way out of Barcelona. Instead, he will stay until the end of his contract that runs until June 2021.