Coutinho ‘fit to play 90 minutes’

first_imgWC Qualification South America Coutinho fit to play 90 minutes, says Tite Matthew Scott Last updated 2 years ago 19:32 9/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Coutinho - cropped Getty Images WC Qualification South America Philippe Coutinho Colombia v Brazil Manchester City v Liverpool Brazil Liverpool Premier League The playmaker has been laid low by a back injury and illness for Liverpool this season but Brazil’s head coach says he is now fully fit Brazil coach Tite believes Philippe Coutinho is fit enough to perform for 90 minutes, but says he will not start the Liverpool star against Colombia due to his lack of action this season.Coutinho came off the bench to score in Brazil’s 2-0 win over Ecuador on Thursday — his first game of a campaign in which reported back injuries and illness have kept him out of Jurgen Klopp’s plans, all the while a mooted £100 million-plus move to Barcelona failed to materialise.The playmaker is expected to report back to first-team training with Liverpool, who face Manchester City in a blockbuster Premier League clash on Saturday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Coutinho 17/2 to score last at CityThough Coutinho will once again start from the bench in Barranquilla, Tite is certain that the attacker is fully capable of performing.”Coutinho is physically fit to play 90 minutes,” Tite is quoted by Globoesporte. “I can count on him for part of the game. He’s fine physically, but technically it’s different. He has not played for a long time.”Liverpool held firm in their determination to keep Coutinho, who submitted a transfer request late in the window, reportedly rejecting four bids for the Brazilian.Klopp intimated that he will welcome Coutinho back into the fold, telling SPORT1 this week: “We have exactly the situation we wanted.”last_img read more