The Brazilian midfielder has endured a torrid three-year spell in Catalonia after calling time on his five-year stint at Liverpool, the latest new twist further adding to his misery

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Philippe Coutinho’s miserable Barcelona career has endured yet another low as the Brazilian international is one of a number of Barca stars to test positive for Covid-19.

Barcelona have just nine players available their next La Liga game away at Mallorca, Coutinho, Sergino Dest and Abde Ezzalzouli the latest trio of talents to contract the virus.

Ousmane Dembele, Samuel Umtiti, Gavi, Alejandro Balde, Jordi Alba, Dani Alves and Clement Lenglet all also received positive results earlier this week.

The news comes amid intense speculation touting 29-year-old playmaker Coutinho with a move away from Camp Nou, coming up the four year anniversary of his signing.

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Philippe Coutinho has tested positive for Covid-19

In that time, Coutinho has spent an entire campaign on loan with German giants Bayern Munich, the Barcelona faithful rarely witnessing the kind of talent that made the midfielder one of the Premier League’s most sought-after players while at Liverpool.

A number of English outfits have since been linked with a move for the Brazilian, including Mikel Arteta’sArsenal and struggling NewcastleUnited given their newfound staggering wealth as part of their Saudi-led takeover.

The latest club linked will make for unwelcome reading for the Liverpool fans who still hold Coutinho in high regard, as local rivals Everton are rumoured to have thrown their hat in the ring for his signature.

According to Sport, Everton have held talks with Coutinho’s agent about a potential surprise return to Merseyside, though this time he’d be playing his football the other side of Stanley Park under ex-Reds manager Rafael Benitez.

If he were to ply his trade at Goodison Park from January onwards, he would be playing under another figure who has at the very least stained his Liverpool legacy by working with the Toffees in Benitez.

However, any potential transfer could be at best delayed, at worse scuppered by the positive Covid-19 diagnosis that will see Coutinho stuck in isolation for the first week of January.

Xavi Hernandez is rumoured to have told Philippe Coutinho he is not part of his plans moving forward

The midfielder has reportedly already been told by new boss Xavi Hernandez that he is not part of his plans moving forward.

Much like the Premier League, La Liga has been blighted by a string of Covid-19 outbreaks among a number of different playing squads.

Atletico Madrid have confirmed that boss Diego Simeone and first-team players Antoine Griezmann, Joao Felix, Koke and Hector Herrera have all returned a positive test.

Both Rayo Vallecano and Real Sociedad have been heavily impacted by the virus, though La Liga have since confirmed all games will take place this weekend as planned.

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