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Naby Keïta doubt for Guinea’s AFCON squad after season-ending injury

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Guinea star Keïta receiving treatment during his side’s 3-0 loss to Barcelona

Guinea talisman Naby Keïta is unlikely to be available for Guinea’s 23-man AFCON squad after suffering injury against Barcelona.

Keïta’s season in a Liverpool shirt is over after boss Jürgen Klopp confirmed that the midfielder would miss the second leg, as well as the Reds’ last two league fixtures.

“It is unlucky,” said Klopp. “A high-grade adductor injury; the tendon is ruptured. 

“Bad news for us and him as the Africa Cup of Nations is coming up.”

The injury will rule the midfielder out for at least two months, and with Africa’s major tournament starting on the 21st of June, it appears Keïta could be left at home.

Guinea’s tournament starts on June 22nd, when they face Madagascar. The National Elephants also face Nigeria and Burundi in Group B.

Keïta captains the national side, but has not appeared for his country since 2018, after injury ruled him out of March’s qualifiers against the Central African Republic.

A £58m signing over two years ago, Keïta finally linked up with Liverpool at the start of this season. However, his debut campaign with the Reds has seen him sidelined with injury, causing him to struggle to cement a first team spot.


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