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Coutinho Injured on Brazil Duty at Copa America, Could Miss Opener vs. Peru

Expected to feature at a major competition in the senior squad for the first time in his international career, Philippe Coutinho reportedly suffered a setback in training that could force him to miss tonight's opener versus Peru.

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At just 23 years old--seriously, still just 23, and only a few days past it at that--there is hopefully a long international career for Brazil on the way for Philippe Coutinho. The past two seasons have seen him mostly on the fringes, including the painful omission from last summer's World Cup, but after a standout campaign for Liverpool in 2014-2015 and notching his first goal for his country in a friendly last week, he looked poised to cement his spot in the squad at Copa America.

That still might happen, of course, but reports indicate that he's suffered a setback before Brazil even got going. Coutinho apparently suffered a slight thigh injury in training ahead of tonight's Copa opener against Peru, which isn't serious enough to send him home but will likely rule him out of the fixture. Assuming it is just a knock, he'll have at least two more chances to feature, and with Brazil expected to advance from Group C, he should have additional opportunities in the knockout stages.

Given the nature of the injury and the timing, there's little impact for Liverpool here, but it's certainly disappointing for a player who managed to see his way through the league campaign with little incident  only to pick up an injury as he's on the cusp of finally making an impact for his country. Hopefully he gets whatever rest and recovery is needed ahead of Wednesday's match against Colombia in Santiago.

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