Philippe Coutinho targeting first-team return

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Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho's has confirmed that his shoulder surgery was a 'success' - and has targeted a speedy return to first-team action.

The Brazilian playmaker went under the knife having sustained an injury against Swansea earlier this month, but the former Inter Milan starlet is already on the road to recover following a successful op.

It was intially feared that the 21-year-old winger would be set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines, but news of his impending return is a welcome boost for Liverpool and the club's fans.

Coutinho has started the season in superb form and Liverpool looked in need of his creativity at the weekend - after they lost 1-0 at home to Southampton.

While admitting that he's going to be frustrated at having to watch on from the sidelines, after successfully coming through surgery, Coutinho has already set his sights on a first-team return.

Having assessed the injury, initial reports suggest he could be available for Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers by the end of October - and it can't come soon enough for Coutinho.

"It's annoying to get injured, especially when you are playing well, but that happens," Globo Esporte quotes Coutinho as saying.

"I now want to focus on my recovery and do everything right to be back as soon as possible to help Liverpool in the league.

"The surgery was a success and this is what matters the most. I'll be back soon."

Coutinho is being strongly tipped to be part of Brazil's World Cup squad next year and he is hopeful of making the tournament in his homeland.

"I dream of getting called up again for the national team, but it's only up to me," he said.

"Of course it's bad when you get injured in a moment like this, but this is football.

"I have had a set-back and my concern is being fully ready as soon as possible. If I play well, things will happen naturally."

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