The German boss is optimistic that the Brazilian midfielder will be ready to contribute when the Bundesliga resumes next weekend
Hans Flick has expressed his hope that Philippe Coutinho will be fit to play again Bayern Munich this season amid reports of a setback in recovery from ankle surgery.
Coutinho joined Bayern on loan from Barcelona last summer, after a disappointing first season at Camp Nou after a big move from Liverpool in January 2018.
The 27-year-old has not quite recovered his best form at the Allianz Arena, but has shown a flash of brilliance that has made him emerge as one of the best midfielders in Europe during his five-year spell at Anfield.
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That Brazil The international has scored eight goals and provided nine assists in 32 appearances in all competitions for Bayern, helping them rise to the top Bundesliga once again while also progressing on both The Champions League and the DFB Cup.
Unfortunately, the impressive team was stalled by the pandemic coronavirus, which caused all major European leagues to close their shops in accordance with the new government law on social distance.
Bayern forces were forced into quarantine in March, and Coutinho has spent most of his time in self-isolation recovering from an ankle injury.
The former Liverpool star was under control in April, before a 14-day time scale was given to rehabilitation, however Mundo Deportivo has reported that he can go out of action for a further six weeks.
Such a scenario would make Coutinho miss the rest of the Bundesliga season, with Bayern returning to the field against Union Berlin next Sunday. However, Flick has delivered positive updates about the progress of the Brazilian playmaker, insisting he can still play a key role in the club’s attack on three trophy fronts.
“Maybe he [Coutinho] can still be in the last game of the season, “said the Bayern boss Kicker.
Regardless of whether Coutinho can return on time for the end of the campaign, it has been reported that Bayern will not take the option to sign him permanently in the summer transfer window.
Thiago still hopes that Barca outcasts will remain at the Allianz Stadium though, has been impressed with the impact he has had over the past 10 months.
The Bayern star tells La Vanguardia from his team mate: “He lacks nothing. I like to play with players at the top level and he is a phenomenon. He is a great man, works very hard, with unbeatable techniques and extraordinary completion. Players go through moments good times and some are not very good and he brings us a lot. We hope he is here next season too. “