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Naby Keita On Course To Battle Eagles, Others – Put

Nigeria and other countries in Group B of this year’s Africa Cup of Nations have been put on red alert about the chances of Liverpool midfielder, Naby Keita bouncing back early enough in order to be part of Guinea’s team to next month’s kick-off in Egypt.

Keita has been out injured for two weeks, with initial reports indicating he will miss both the UEFA Champions League final and AFCON 2019, but Guinea’s coach, Paul Put says the former RB Leipzig of Germany star is on course to battle the Super Eagles and other teams in Egypt.

The 24-year-old midfielder suffered a thigh injury against Barcelona on May 1, during a Champions League quarter-finals fixture at Camp Nou, and Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp said Keita could be out for two months.

However, Guinea’s football federation’s president, Antonio Souare quickly refuted Klopp’s assessment, which he branded hasty, and Put has now added that Keita is already well on the road to recovery.

Put told Foot 224: “He consulted his doctor in Switzerland, as I said at the beginning. He is in treatment with his doctor.

“He has started on the bike there [at Liverpool] and it is said that he will maybe in two weeks resume with the squad.

“It is even possible that he is in the squad for the Champions League final, if what I have been told is true. We will see.

“We will wait and remain realistic. This is not the time to scream or panic. We have to wait and see how it goes.”

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