Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho Eager to Return to Action, Says Shoulder Surgery Was ‘Success’


September 24, 2013

Philippe Coutinho, James Tomkins, James CollinsPhilippe Coutinho is eager to shake off his injury setback as soon as possible and pull on a Liverpool shirt again.

The midfielder was forced off the field in the 2-2 draw against Swansea on September 16 with a shoulder complaint, and needed surgery to rectify the damage.

Coutinho has labeled the operation a “success,” but revealed his disappointment at the timing of the injury, given his inspired performances since joining the Reds in January.

The Brazilian is focused on his rehabilitation process, and wants to get back onto the field as soon as he is ready.

“It’s annoying to get injured, especially when you are playing well, but that happens,” he told Globo Esporte. “I now want to focus on my recovery, and do everything right to be back as soon as possible to help Liverpool in the league.

“The surgery was a success and this is what matters the most. I’ll be back soon.”

While Coutinho has designs on making the Brazil squad for next year’s FIFA World Cup, he is aware his recovery and performances for Liverpool upon his return will determine whether he receives his wish.

“I dream of getting called up again for the national team, but it’s only up to me,” the 21-year-old said. “Of course it’s bad when you get injured in a moment like this, but this is football.

“I have had a set-back and my concern is being fully ready as soon as possible. If I play well, things will happen naturally.”

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