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’s the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who leads the Premier Injuries site and has experience in injury and data analysis, catering exclusively to Football Insider.
According to Daily Mail (November 6) 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 win against Man United on Sunday November 6.
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 has been signed permanently for a reported £17million this summer, has yet to score or assist Aston Villa in 13 appearances this term.
dinner says Football Insiderby Connor Whitley: “If he left with Brazil, it would be a lot of time spent away from Aston Villa.
“But now he will be in rehab and the majority of his time will be spent at the Bodymoor Heath club.
“He gets to observe the sessions and get a different perspective on the new styles and philosophies from the outside in.
“Rather than getting caught up in his own role, he can individualize a lot of it and look at the bigger picture from the outside and assess how he can impact this new-look squad.
“It could be a real silver lining in terms of injury.
“This gives him the opportunity to approach these new messages and instructions from Unai Emery from a different angle, without the focus being on himself.