X

Wednesday 05
August

Liverpool

Guinea take gamble on Keita

12th June 2019, 14:41 by Tom McGarry

Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita has been named in Guinea's squad for the Africa Cup of Nations despite his ongoing injury concerns.

The 24-year-old is still recovering from the thigh injury he picked up during the first leg of Liverpool's Champions League semi-final tie with Barcelona at the beginning of May and he was the last player to link-up with the Guinea squad at their tournament warm-up base in Marrakech earlier this week.

Keita also sat out Guinea's friendly defeat to Benin on Tuesday but has now been named in Paul Put's final 23-man squad despite admitting he is not fully fit.

"I am not 100%," Keita admitted in a television interview on the Guinea Football Federation Facebook page. "But when I was in Liverpool, I started training with the ball. As I'm here now I'm going to train with the team to see."

The former RB Leipzig star has now moved to reassure Guinea supporters that he is confident he will be fit for their tournament opener against Madagascar on June 22.

He added: "I want to reassure the Guinean fans, the coach and my team-mates that I think I'll be ready for the first match."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

More Liverpool

Recent Sport Headlines

Horse Racing

Marquand wary of Buick threat

4th August 2020, 14:53

Tom Marquand believes William Buick will be his biggest rival when it comes to winning this year's British Flat Jockeys' championship.

Horse Racing

Godolphin duo to swerve Melbourne Cup

4th August 2020, 11:45

Godolphin duo Charlie Appleby and Saeed bin Suroor have confirmed they will not be sending any horses to compete in this year's Melbourne Cup.

Horse Racing

Teal leaning towards Haydock trip

3rd August 2020, 17:22

Trainer Roger Teal admits he is leaning towards the Betfair Sprint Cup at Haydock with Oxted as he looks to avoid a clash with Battaash.

Horse Racing

Burrows assessing Doncaster options

3rd August 2020, 14:16

Trainer Owen Burrows is assessing the options at Doncaster's St Leger meeting as he looks to find a test for "exciting" charge Albasheer.

Horse Racing

Muir considering Newmarket run for Just Hubert

2nd August 2020, 16:27

Trainer William Muir has confirmed connections are considering running Just Hubert in the Cesarewitch Handicap at Newmarket after his win at Goodwood.

Horse Racing

Raabihah run suggests Arc challenge

2nd August 2020, 16:24

The odds have been slashed for Jean-Claude Rouget-charge Raabihah to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, after an impressive victory this weekend.

Horse Racing

Haggas tips Nahaarr for Goodwood success

1st August 2020, 11:34

Trainer William Haggas believes Nahaarr can win Saturday's renewal of the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood despite an unfavourable draw.

Horse Racing

Ryan eyeing Goodwood glory

1st August 2020, 11:31

Kevin Ryan is hoping to see Hey Jonesy build on a solid performance at Ascot when he goes off in the Unibet Stewards' Cup on Saturday.