A negative medical report from Inter means that Phillippe Coutinho will not feature for Brazil in the South American Youth Championship...
A statement on the CBF website on Monday confirmed that the 18-year-old would not be a part of Ney Franco's 22 man squad for the tournament, which begins in two weeks in Peru and doubles as the qualifying tournament for both the Under 20 World Cup and the 2012 London Olympics.
The news comes after the team received word from Inter's medical staff that the midfielder would not be able to rejoin training for two weeks, leaving him no chance to regain match fitness before the Selecao kick off their campaign against Paraguay on January 17.
The Federation have so far declined to name the replacement for Coutinho, although Sao Paulo starlet Lucas Gaucho has an excellent chance after narrowly missing the cut last week.
The 22 chosen, including Santos star Neymar and Parma's Ze Eduardo, will remain concentrated and training together until they travel to Peru for the tournament.