Coutinho to be handed first Inter Milan start

Philippe Coutinho is set for a start with Inter Milan at Palermo.

Philippe Coutinho is set for a start with Inter Milan at Palermo.

Rafa Benitez hints that Coutinho could start in Wesley Sneijder’s absence and warns Inter to improve their defence against Palermo.

Sneijder is not even making the trip down to Sicily for Sunday afternoon’s big game after aggravating a bruised foot during the 2-2 draw with FC Twente.

“He still had pain and gritted his teeth to play on Tuesday, but it’s better to wait and not run any risks. Next week he’ll be much better,” explained the Coach.

“Will Coutinho start instead? It’s a possibility. We shall see. I have heard so much talk of tactics and a diamond midfield. If we have to change, then we’ll change, but the difference is made by the mentality and intensity.”

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