$194m Coutinho in Barcelona debut right now



No. 14 Philippe Coutinho: in Barcelona debut on Thursday

Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho has been named within the Barcelona squad for Thursday’s Copa del Rey conflict towards Espanyol, his first call-up since his $194 million transfer from Liverpool.

Coutinho, who has been handed the quantity 14 shirt vacated by China-bound Javier Mascherano, had been sidelined by a thigh damage since his drawn-out switch saga got here to an finish on January 6.

The 14 shirt was additionally worn by the membership’s Dutch legend Johan Cruyff who died in 2016.

Coutinho has been cleared to make his debut at Camp Nou as Barcelona look to overturn a 1-Zero defeat to Espanyol within the first leg of their quarter-final conflict.

Coutinho spent six months with Barcelona’s metropolis rivals on mortgage in 2012.

Club captain Andres Iniesta and striker Paco Alcacer have been additionally included within the 19-man squad for Thursday’s recreation as was Colombian defender Yerry Mina, antother switch window recruit.