Aston Villa boss Steven Gerard revealed that new signing Philippe Coutinho has completed his medical and is in contention to play against Manchester United in the Premier League. The Brazilian is currently in France finishing his paperwork for the work permit and will take part in his first training session on Wednesday. After a recent bout of Covid, it is expected that the midifelder will need a few games to get up to full match fitness.
“Philippe is currently in the process of finalising his immigration papers and we are looking forward to getting him on the training pitch with the group on Wednesday at Bodymoor,” Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard said about Philippe Coutinho. “He is an outstanding footballer who boasts a highly impressive CV laced with plenty of elite honours. I am really pleased that we have been able to bring him on board and I am looking forward to working with him.”
“He is a player I enjoyed playing with previously and I know the rest of the squad here at Aston Villa will benefit from his quality and experience. His presence will be invaluable given injuries and the AFCON tournament have reduced our attacking options,” he added.