Barcelona's Coutinho faces knee surgery

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Barcelona's attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho needs surgery after damaging his knee in the La Liga clash with Eibar.

The Spanish club said in a statement that the Brazil international had injured the lateral meniscus of his left knee and will require arthroscopic surgery.

Coutinho, 28, was hurt in the final minutes of Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Eibar.

Barcelona were forced to finish the match with 10 men after Coutinho limped off in the closing minutes, having only come on as a 65th-minute substitute.

He became Barcelona's most expensive signing when they paid Liverpool 160 million euros ($A251 million) for his services in January 2018.

But after a disappointing season-and-a-half Coutinho was loaned to Bayern Munich.

He helped the German club win the Champions League earlier this year and scored two goals in an 8-2 rout of Barcelona in the quarter-finals.

He returned to his parent club for 2020-21 and has scored three goals for them so far this season.

Barcelona, who currently sit sixth in La Liga, have already lost winger Ansu Fati and defender Gerard Pique to serious injuries this season.