• Premier League

Coutinho targeting quick recovery

ESPN staff
September 24, 2013
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Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho is hoping to return to the field as soon as possible after undergoing surgery on his injured shoulder.

And the 21-year-old has targeted a spot in Brazil's World Cup squad once he finally returns to action.

Coutinho suffered the injury earlier this month as Liverpool drew 2-2 against Swansea, and in his absence, the club lost its first game of the season to Southampton.

However, after an operation to stabilise the shoulder was deemed a success, Coutinho's thoughts quickly turned to returning to Brendan Rodgers' squad.

"It's annoying to get injured, especially when you are playing well, but that happens," Coutinho said.

"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."

And the former Inter Milan man's hopes do not finish there, with a spot in the Brazil squad for the upcoming World Cup squarely in Coutinho's sights.

"I dream of getting called up again for the national team, but it's only up to me," he 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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