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Relief For Liverpool As Key Playmaker Returns In Time To Face Arsenal

Brazil attacker has been sidelined for the past six weeks. 

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Liverpool have been handed a huge boost ahead of their top-of-the-table clash with Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday with the news that key midfield player Philippe Coutinho has returned to full fitness and could now feature at the Emirates, according to reports in the Daily Telegraph.

The occasional Brazil international has been out of action since damaging his shoulder against Swansea City at the Liberty stadium in September, with the 21-year-old having since missed the last six weeks of the season.

However, Reds head coach Brendan Rodgers confirmed in his pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of the much-anticipated Premier League clash that Coutinho had now made a complete recovery from the injury and could be in line to start the match in north London.

“Coutinho is great,” said Rodgers. “He’s been given the all clear by the specialist to come in.

“He’s been training for the last few weeks, so he’ll come back into the squad.”

But it was not all good news for the Merseyside giants as left-back Jose Enrique has not recovered from a knee injury in time to face the Premier League leaders, meaning that recent new loanee Aly Cissokho will continue to deputise for the Spaniard.

The France international has so far featured in just the four matches in total for Liverpool since arriving on a season-long loan deal from Liga outfit Valencia in the summer, three of which came in the top flight.

 

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