He is already injured until 2011, but Inter won't have Philippe Coutinho for even longer, as he is called up for the Brazilian Olympics team.
The teenager is sidelined until January with a thigh strain that he suffered in training.
Rafa Benitez won't be able to count on Coutinho even after he has fully recovered, as Brazil confirmed their intention to call him for international duty.
In January 2011 there are the South American qualifying rounds for the 2012 Olympics, to be held in Peru.
Brazil have said they will call Coutinho for this international duty and he could be away from Inter for up to a month.
“Coutinho did tests and has a lesion in his muscle, but our medical staff are in contact with the Inter colleagues,” explained Olympic team Coach Ney Franco.
“I think the player will be ready and arrive for international duty.”
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