Brazil doctor reveals Philippe Coutinho’s expected injury return date

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Philippe Coutinho is expected back for Brazil’s friendly clash with England on November 14, with the midfielder recovering from a groin injury.

Coutinho has missed Liverpool’s last three games after picking up a knock in training, but has travelled to join up with Tite’s squad for their friendlies this month.

The midfielder remained a doubt for trips to take on Japan in Lille and England at Wembley, but now seems to have a chance of featuring in both.

But Brazil’s team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar, speaking to Globo Esporte, believes Coutinho is more likely to take to the field against the Three Lions.

“Coutinho had a muscle injury in the adductor of the left thigh,” Lasmar explained.

“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.”

Brazil's Philippe Coutinho celebrates after scoring against Panama during a U-20 World Cup group E soccer match in Barranquilla, Colombia, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

This should be considered a boost for Liverpool, with Brazil set to play England on November 14, and if Coutinho features in northwest London, he should be passed fit for club duty.

The 25-year-old has already begun work in the gym alongside Marcelo, Alex Sandro, Miranda, Thiago Silva, Casemiro, Fernandinho, Giuliano, Renato Augusto, Douglas Costa and Roberto Firmino.

But while the entire group, minus Fernandinho, trained outside as preparations for the double-header continue, Coutinho worked with physio Ricardo Sasaki.

“Coutinho felt nothing [in his groin], it was what we imagined,” Lasmar continued.

“Tomorrow will do a little more intense physical work. If things go well, he will start working on the ball on Wednesday.”

Coutinho has made nine appearances for the Reds so far this season, scoring four goals and assisting three, hitting top form after his attempts to force through a move to Barcelona.

He is likely to attract further interest from the Liga giants in January, though Liverpool are set to maintain their not-for-sale stance.

Jurgen Klopp‘s side are next in action at Anfield on November 18, taking on Southampton, and Coutinho could hope for a starting role for the 3pm kickoff (GMT).

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