Couto back in favour

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Parma defender Fernando Couto has been reinstated with the first team after being exiled for over a week.

The veteran Portuguese player had been relegated to train with the youth team after being deemed to have had a bad attitude towards club officials and his team-mates.

Couto missed the 3-1 win over Atalanta and the 2-2 draw at Siena on Saturday as the club seriously considered the possibility of annulling the player's contract.

But all unrest appears to have now been resolved and Couto will now be available to coach Stefano Pioli to be selected for the Gialloblu's next game against Internazionale.

Parma sporting director Gabriele Zamagna said: "Fernando Couto has been reinstated. The case is closed, he apologised. He will suffer a fine, but he's returned at the complete disposal of the coach."