Liverpool ace Philippe Coutinho has revealed that he is aiming to be back in action against Manchester City on New Year’s Eve.
The brilliant Brazilian has been inactive since suffering ankle ligament in the Reds’ 2-0 win over Sunderland at the end of last month.
Liverpool fans were fearing the worst, but Coutinho is hopeful of lacing up his boots again in 2016.
‘This is still my hope – to return for this game,’ he told Liverpoolfc.com.
‘The rehab is going really well. I can now walk without crutches and I am working well with the medical team. So I’m pleased with how I am recovering.
‘Straight after the game, when I first saw the pictures and videos of my injury, I was a little scared.
‘But after the scans, of course it was bad, but not as bad as it could have been. I am happy, as it could have been a lot worse.’
Coutinho went on to add that he was frustrated that he has been unable to help Liverpool through their recent bad spell, where they lost to Bournemouth, before being held by West Ham.
“Obviously I have been very frustrated, because like any player who is injured, it is tough to watch rather than play and help the team,” he said. “The last game was a draw and not the result we wanted, but the team still has great quality and I am certain in the next game we will come back stronger.”
By Steve Osborne @BlizzardSteve75