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Coutinho absence down to ‘stress’

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Barcelona’s pursuit of Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho led to the player suffering from stress, according to his doctor in Brazil.

Barcelona’s pursuit of Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho led to the player suffering from stress, according to his doctor in Brazil.

Philippe Coutinho’s early season absence at Liverpool was down to stress amid speculation over a big-money move to Barcelona, according to the player’s doctor in Brazil.

Coutinho has not featured for Liverpool competitively this term and handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force through a switch to Camp Nou, although Liverpool are understood to have rejected three bids for the playmaker – the latest coming in at £119million.

The official reason for the 25-year-old’s absence was a back injury initially, before illness kept him away from last week’s resounding victories over Hoffenheim and Arsenal.

Coutinho still joined up with Brazil’s national team for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Colombia on August 31 and September 5 respectively and trained separately from his team-mates on Monday.

Amid reports in Brazil that he will be ready to play, Michael Simoni – Fluminense’s medical director – spoke to the midfielder and concluded his long-time friend was suffering with an « emotional issue manifesting itself as back pain ».

« Coutinho’s back problem? He is okay now. The back problem was a matter of stress, it was something emotional, » Simoni told Esporte after meeting with Coutinho in Rio.

« The uncertainty about his future led him to feeling stressed. Everything is solved now.

« Coutinho and I have been friends for years. I always treat his medical cases. All he needed was someone to give him a pep talk. »

Speaking at the presentation of club-record signing Ousmane Dembele on Monday, Barcelona technical secretary Robert Fernandez said the club hoped to make another signing this week, further stoking speculation over Coutinho.

« He’s a bit anxious about the possibility of changing club, » Simoni said in a separate interview with ESPN Brasil. « Of course, we talked about this possible transfer, about the things that are in his heart right now.

« His back pains, in my opinion, are explained by this anxiety. Muscular tension normally does that.

« He can show up to train normally. I didn’t do a clinical exam, he came to chat, he came to talk to a friend.Barcelona’s pursuit of Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho led to the player suffering from stress, according to his doctor in Brazil.

Barcelona’s pursuit of Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho led to the player suffering from stress, according to his doctor in Brazil.

Philippe Coutinho’s early season absence at Liverpool was down to stress amid speculation over a big-money move to Barcelona, according to the player’s doctor in Brazil.

Coutinho has not featured for Liverpool competitively this term and handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force through a switch to Camp Nou, although Liverpool are understood to have rejected three bids for the playmaker – the latest coming in at £119million.

The official reason for the 25-year-old’s absence was a back injury initially, before illness kept him away from last week’s resounding victories over Hoffenheim and Arsenal.

Coutinho still joined up with Brazil’s national team for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Colombia on August 31 and September 5 respectively and trained separately from his team-mates on Monday.

Amid reports in Brazil that he will be ready to play, Michael Simoni – Fluminense’s medical director – spoke to the midfielder and concluded his long-time friend was suffering with an « emotional issue manifesting itself as back pain ».

« Coutinho’s back problem? He is okay now. The back problem was a matter of stress, it was something emotional, » Simoni told Esporte after meeting with Coutinho in Rio.

« The uncertainty about his future led him to feeling stressed. Everything is solved now.

« Coutinho and I have been friends for years. I always treat his medical cases. All he needed was someone to give him a pep talk. »

Speaking at the presentation of club-record signing Ousmane Dembele on Monday, Barcelona technical secretary Robert Fernandez said the club hoped to make another signing this week, further stoking speculation over Coutinho.

« He’s a bit anxious about the possibility of changing club, » Simoni said in a separate interview with ESPN Brasil. « Of course, we talked about this possible transfer, about the things that are in his heart right now.

« His back pains, in my opinion, are explained by this anxiety. Muscular tension normally does that.

« He can show up to train normally. I didn’t do a clinical exam, he came to chat, he came to talk to a friend.

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Neymar totally annoyed by the rumor of Real!

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It’s been just three months since Neymar became Parisian that the rumors giving it start to emerge. Indeed, some say that if the Brazilian joined the PSG, it is not to stay in the long term but simply to join Real Madrid without having to make a direct transfer between the two enemies of Liga: Barça and Casa Blanca.

Already very touched by the rumors explaining a certain malaise in Paris, which caused his crying in a press conference, the one who yesterday scored twice this time reacted quite differently to a question on a potential transfer. While the journalist had not finished asking him if it was possible to see him leave the Paris Saint-Germain, he dropped a scathing: You are painful with that « , leaving the mixed zone. See instead.
On the same evening, Neymar returned to the state of form of his team, and wants to be patient: « We must keep our feet on the ground. We know very well that everything we do in this phase of hens will no longer count in the next round. We are in a good period, but we must continue. « 

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The big lie Lionel Messi!

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While his extension is still expected from FC Barcelona, ​​Lionel Messi is far from considering a departure for Manchester City. Pep Guardiola would not want it.

In the British press, this information is presented as « shocking ». No, Lionel Messi should not become one of the new Premier League stars by joining Manchester City. If the British tabloids are trying to stir up trouble in recent months, the Spanish media Don Balon believes that this is a « big lie » because « La Pulga » should stay at FC Barcelona, ​​even if its extension to in 2018 is still not official.

It’s simple, Pep Guardiola would not consider strengthening his staff with the Argentine prodigy. On the one hand, the Catalan coach does not really want to put Blaugranas fans back on their heels by stealing the idol of Camp Nou. Above all, the two concerned do not necessarily get along very well, no matter if they took everything with the FCB during 4 seasons (2008-2012). Their relationship was even rather tense during the last season of Guardiola on the bench of Barcelona.

Since, the exchanges between the two men are limited to simple formulas of politeness, like « how are you? », « Good luck » or « take care of you », if one believes Don Balon. It certainly did not prevent Pep Guardiola to praise Lionel Messi recently, claiming that the native of Rosario was the best player in the world « not because he is able to dribble 3 or 4 players », but « Because it does it better than anyone ».

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Valverde explains why Messi was on the bench

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At the start of the Group D Champions League match, FC Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde decided to leave Messi on the bench. While the « Pulga » was not injured, the Catalan technician explained his choice after the meeting.
« Leo has played a lot since the beginning of the season. Like all, he is a little tired. We thought it could open more in the second half and it was useful to give him some rest in preparation for the championship. If we had lost, we would have talked about this choice differently, but these are choices that must be made. There is always a risk to play without him, but it’s a wise choice, « Valverde told reporters in a press conference.

By only playing half an hour to the Argentinean, came into play in the 55th minute, Valverde surely had in mind the Sunday in Liga against Valencia.

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