Medical insider suggests Philippe Coutinho 'silver lining' at Aston Villa after latest development
Philippe Coutinho’s injury could be a “silver lining” for Aston Villa as it allows him a “different perspective” on the changes introduced by new boss Unai Emery.
That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis, speaking exclusively to Football Insider.
According to the Daily Mail (6 November), Coutinho, 30, could be out for “10 weeks” with the thigh problem – although a seven-week layoff is the “best case scenario”.
The injury kept the midfielder out of Emery’s first game in charge – a 3-1 home victory against Man United on Sunday (6 November).
Coutinho was subsequently left out of Brazil’s World Cup squad ahead of the showpiece tournament in Qatar later this month.
The former Liverpool and Barcelona star, who was signed permanently for a reported £17million in the summer, is yet to score or assist for Aston Villa in 13 appearances this term.
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Dinnery told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley: “If he went away with Brazil, that would be a big chunk of time spent away from Aston Villa.
“But now he’ll be rehabbing and the majority of his time will be spent with the club at Bodymoor Heath.
“He has an opportunity to observe the sessions, and get a different perspective on the new styles and philosophies from the outside in.
“Rather than get caught up in his own role, he can individualise a lot of it and look at the bigger picture from the outside and assess how he can impact this new look team.
“That could be a real silver lining in terms of this injury.
“It gives him an opportunity to take on these new messages and instructions from Unai Emery from a different perspective, without all the focus being on himself.”