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Coutinho sidelined by stress fracture

October 26, 2012
By ESPN staff

Inter Milan have confirmed that Philippe Coutinho is facing four weeks on the sidelines with a stress fracture suffered in the Europa League victory against Partizan Belgrade.

Inter Milan midfielder Philippe Coutinho
GettyImagesInter Milan midfielder Philippe Coutinho

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Coutinho, 20, was withdrawn during the first-half of the 1-0 win on Thursday night, before the extent of the injury was confirmed following tests on Friday.

A statement on the club's official website said: "Following a collision with (Milos) Ostojic in the 30th minute of yesterday's encounter, Philippe Coutinho underwent tests which revealed a stress fracture to his tibia."

The Brazilian has been a key part of Inter's success this season in the absence of Wesley Sneijder as the side sit fourth in Serie A with six wins in eight games, and joint-top of Europa League Group H.