Chelsea transfer target Philippe Coutinho has begun his recovery programme after successful minor ankle surgery.

The 27-year-old had some loose fragments removed from his right ankle and will be sidelined for a couple of weeks.

The statement from Bayern Munich’s official website read:  “On Friday, Philippe Coutinho underwent an operation on his right ankle, during which loose joint fragments were removed. The operation was a success.

“The Brazilian will begin his recovery programme in around 14 days.”

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Whether Coutinho would miss any matches is still unclear.

German Football League (DFL) Chief Executive Christian Seifert said they are hoping to restart the domestic leagues without spectators on May 9 provided they get the green light from the government (BBC).

The Brazil international has had eight goals and six assists from 22 appearances in the Bundesliga this season.

And according to a report from Sky Sports, Barcelona have offered the playmaker to a number of clubs including Chelsea, as Bayern Munich are unlikely to exercise the permanent option at the end of his loan spell.

Chelsea have already sealed the summer transfer for Ajax’ Hakim Ziyech to bolster their attacking options.

But the club might want to give Frank Lampard the opportunity to bring in a few more players after last summer’s transfer ban in the summer and an inactive January transfer window.

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