​Philippe Coutinho is set for a three-week wait before making his Barcelona debut after confirmation of a suspected thigh injury came to light.


The Brazilian completed a £142m switch from Liverpool to the Catalan giants on Saturday and will be unveiled to the press and club's fans on Monday.


Coutinho, though, will be forced to hold off on making his bow for La Blaugrana after his medical in north east Spain showed up a slight strain in one of his thigh muscles - a surefire issue that will temper the party atmosphere at Camp Nou - according to ​AS.

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That rumour has been confirmed by Barcelona themselves, with the Catalan giants taking to their official Twitter account and website to provide an update on their new signing:


A brief statement read: "Coutinho has an injury to his right thigh and he is expected to be out for around 3 weeks."



Liverpool supporters - and the general wide football community - had raised eyebrows when Coutinho was ruled out of Friday's FA Cup tie with Merseyside rivals Everton over the apparent injury.


Some claimed it was a ploy by the 25-year-old and his camp to prevent him picking up an actual problem in the 2-1 win at Anfield, but it seems those reports of Coutinho feigning injury have been wide of the mark.


Coutinho underwent further tests on the problem on Monday morning at Barca's training complex to determine the extent of the injury before he was officially shown off to the media.

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The playmaker could have made his debut for Ernesto Valverde's side in the Copa del Rey clash with Celta Vigo on Thursday, but will now wait a while longer to take to the turf for his new club if the prognosis is more severe than initially thought.


A much more likely first appearance will come against Espanyol in La Liga on 2nd February, providing he recovers in time to at least take a place on the bench.

Coutinho labelled his move to Barcelona 'a dream come true' on Sunday after months of speculation over his future with Liverpool.


The Reds had rejected three offers from the current Spanish top flight leaders for his signature last summer, but relented late last week as Coutinho pushed for a move away.