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Take a behind the scenes look at Philippe Coutinho’s first moments at the Camp Nou after joining Barcelona.
Philippe Coutinho has been given the No. 14 shirt for Barcelona and is in line to make his debut after being included in Ernesto Valverde’s squad for Thursday’s Copa del Rey game against Espanyol at Camp Nou.
Coutinho, 25, joined Barca for a club record million earlier this month from Liverpool but has been sidelined with a thigh injury since making the move.
However, he returned to training last Saturday and was passed fit by the club’s medical staff to make a return to competitive action on Wednesday.
Ahead of the confirmation that the Brazilian would be available for the Catalan derby against Espanyol, who he played for on loan in 2012, Barca confirmed that he would inherit Javier Mascherano’s No.14 squad number.
Mascherano will not take part against Espanyol, but will appear on the Camp Nou pitch before kickoff to say goodbye to the supporters before leaving for Hebei Fortune on Friday.