Aston Villa‘s latest signing, Philippe Coutinho, could be set to make his first appearance in the famous claret and blue when the Villains play Manchester United this weekend.
The 29-year-old is a former Liverpool teammate of Villa manager Steven Gerrard who admitted to the press that he isn’t fully match fit yet.
Despite that though, he could play a part on Saturday in a repeat of last week’s FA Cup third round clash.
Coutinho also contracted COVID-19 before making the move to the West Midlands club but his manager says he is now fully recovered and training with the squad.
“He’s not match fit because he’s been doing a lot of individual training at Barcelona and he also had a Covid situation,” Gerrard told the press.
“It’s great to have him, it’s my job to get him settled in and enjoying his football again.I’m sure there’s a lot of football left in this boy because for me, he’s a fantastic talent and we’re lucky to have him. At the right time, he’ll be unleashed.”
Digne to make it a Double Debut?
Coutinho isn’t the only new arrival at Villa Park this week, as left-back Lucas Digne joined the club from Premier League rivals Everton.
The Frenchman was signed for 27 million pounds on Wednesday with Anwar El Ghazi going the other way on loan for the season.
“Lucas is slightly different,” Gerrard explained about Digne’s fitness, “He’s been involved in group training for quite some time and he’s been available for Everton before he arrived.
“So, yeah, they’re both available selection with the group and they’re both in a good place but, obviously, decisions will come off the back of information we’ve had of both players over the last couple of days.”