Injured Keitha out of AFCON

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Naby Keita Set to Miss Remainder of African Cup of Nations Through Injury

Liverpool’s Naby Keita confirmed on Sunday morning that he will play no further part in Guinea’s African Nations Cup campaign, following another injury set-back. 

The 24-year-old midfielder suffered a minor adductor strain whilst on international duty with Guinea, and posted a photo on Instagram apologising to his fellow countrymen ahead of Sunday evening’s crucial clash with Algeria.

His injury was also confirmed by ​Liverpool, who revealed in a statement that the Guinea star had returned to Melwood training ground in order to receive further treatment. However, he is expected to recover before the end of July, ahead of his pre-season programme with the Reds. 

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp considers Keita a crucial part of his midfield plans and the German will be hoping to see the Guinean’s full potential next season. 

Guinea will have their work cut out tonight against an Algeria team which have been the tournament’s stand-out performers, winning all three of their group games without conceding a single goal.

Keita’s side qualified for the next round in third place from group B, sensationally topped by AFCON newcomers Madagascar.