6 Oct 2015

Bad News: 'Sensational' £41m Liverpool star suffers injury blow and is 'unfit' for international duty

Liverpool's players are dropping like flies at the moment, and after Danny Ings' injury against Everton, one of the club's most important players has now joined LFC's growing injury list.

'Sensational' Reds attacker Philippe Coutinho has pulled out of the Brazil squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela and Chile.

The Liverpool Echo reports:

"The problem for Coutinho is a groin issue [and] it is unclear how long he will be unavailable for. He’s unfit for international duty, and Liverpool, as yet, have put no timeframe on his recovery".

Liverpool's current injury list:

* Benteke (£32m)

* Firmino (£29m)

* Henderson (£20m)

* Flanagan

* Toure

* Lovren (£20m)

* Ings (£6m)

According to Physio Advisor:

"With appropriate management, patients with minor groin strains can usually recover in one to three weeks. With larger tears, recovery may take four to six weeks or longer, depending on the severity".

Thankfully, the international break means that Coutinho has two weeks recovery time, and if it's only a grade one strain, he should be fit for the Spurs game (which should be the first game of the new manager's reign).

£41m-rated Coutinho is an important player for Liverpool, but his inconsistency is maddening, and his ineffective performance against Everton is the latest example of that.

If Coutinho doesn't make it back for Spurs, then Joao Carlos Teixeira is an obvious replacement. With Rodgers now gone, Jurgen Klopp (or whoever FSG appoint) will hopefully give Teixeira a chance to prove himself in the first team.

Author: Jaimie K



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