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Liverpool May Have Injured Midfielder Return For Champions League Final

Liverpool May Have Injured Midfielder Return For Champions League Final

The Guinea Football Federation expect Naby Keita to be back in time from injury for the African Cup of Nations, and have even claimed the midfielder could be fit to play a part in the Champions League final.

The Guinean international was injured during the first leg of Liverpool's Champions League semi-final with Barcelona and it was understood the player could be sidelined for up to two months, meaning he would miss out on representing his country at the summer tournament in Egypt.

In the days after Keita sustained a ruptured adductor injury at the Nou Camp, the Guinean Football Federation slammed Jurgen Klopp for suggesting the 24-year-old could miss out on representing his country next month, insisting such injuries only require a couple of weeks to heal.

The federation have now doubled down on those comments, claiming the player could be fit to play a part in the Champions League final in Madrid in two weeks' time.

Speaking to Guinean football website, Foot224, the Guinea football manager, Paul Put, revealed Keita's rehab was going well and that the player could make a cameo in the European showpiece against Tottenham.

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He said:

He has started on the bike [in 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.

As national team captain, Keita will be hoping to lead out his country for his side's first game of the biennial tournament against Madagascar in Alexandria on June 22.

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