Liverpool confident Keita will be fit for the new season
Liverpool confident Keita will be fit for the new season
Injury

Liverpool confident Keita will be fit for the new season

European Champions Liverpool expects midfielder Naby Keita to recover in time for the new Premier League season.

The Guinea international had to cut short his AFCON campaign after suffering an adductor strain but Liverpool is confident he will return to training towards the end of July.

Keita aggravated his existing adductor issue in Guinea's loss to Nigeria at the African Cup of Nations and a statement on the club’s website said:

"The injury ended Keita's participation in the tournament and he returned to Melwood for further examination by the club's medical team.

"However, he is set to be ready to start pre-season training as planned when back on Merseyside following an end-of-season break later in July."

Timeline

The end of July timeline should give the 24-year-old adequate opportunity to build his fitness ahead of the Community Shield encounter against Manchester City on August 4, five days ahead of the club's Premier League opener at home to Norwich City.

Keita originally suffered the injury against Barcelona in May and was forced to miss the Reds' Champions League final victory over Tottenham.

Liverpool did not confirm whether he is likely, as has been reported, to join the rest of Jurgen Klopp's squad on their tour of the United States beginning later this month.

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