STEVEN GERRARD is hoping new boy Philippe Coutinho will prove he is ready to take on Manchester United on Saturday.
Loan of 140 million pounds Barcelona The midfielder linked up with his new teammates at Bodymoor Heath on Tuesday.
And Villa will analyze his fitness over the next few days to determine his level of readiness.
Gerrard “Philippe will be with us on Tuesday.
“We will analyze him on Wednesday to see how he feels.
“We’ll then look at the data to determine if he’s playing – but we’re hoping to have him involved.”
Gerrard said he believes the Brazilian can make the difference for him with Trezeguet and Bertrand Traore at the Africa Cup of Nations and Leon Bailly injured.
He said: “We knew we were going to have an injury with Bailey and we were losing a couple of AFCONs.
“So we have a shortfall in that area, it’s not fair to throw kids in.
“There’s a lot going on in area 10 but we felt we needed another body that could make a real difference to his quality.”
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/17286230/gerrard-philippe-coutinho-aston-villa-man-utd/ Gerrard hopes to give Philippe Coutinho his Aston Villa debut against Man Utd the weekend before first training session