By 90Min
November 07, 2017

Liverpool midfield maestro Philippe Coutinho is expected to return to action in time for Brazil's international friendly with England, having struggled with a groin injury in recent weeks.

Having been unavailable for the Reds' last three games, the 25-year-old has now joined up with the national team to continue his recovery.

Fortunately for Brazil, the team doctor has assessed the extent Coutinho's injury, and declared that he should be back to full fitness for the England game on November 14th.

Rodrigo Lasmar, the national team doctor spoke to Globo Esporte, saying that the Liverpool midfielder could even return for Brazil's first international against Japan.

 “Coutinho had a muscle injury in the adductor of the left thigh.

“He is in the final phase of recovery. We knew that he would not be fully fit, but we chose to make his final recovery with us.

“The possibility of him playing against Japan is remote, but we work to make sure he’s available against England.

“He may not be able to participate [against Japan]. If he can, he could stay on the bench and play for a few minutes.

“But it’s a small chance. Our focus is to get him back for the second game.”

After a failed attempt at pushing through a move to Barcelona in the summer, Coutinho has continued to hit the rich vein of form that earned him the interest from the Catalans last season, scoring four goals and registering three assists. 

The news of his return to full fitness will be welcomed news for the Liverpool faithful.

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