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Liverpool give positive update after Keita spends the night in Italian hospital

The Reds midfielder was carted off with a back injury during Wednesday’s defeat to Napoli.

Keita is stretchered off the pitch.
Keita is stretchered off the pitch.
Image: Press Association

LIVERPOOL IS REPORTEDLY “fine” after suffering an injury scare last night. 

The Guinea midfielder Naby Keita is in hospital in Naples after complaining of back pain when he came off early in Liverpool’s Champions League defeat to Napoli.

The 23-year-old — who Liverpool paid German side RB Leipzig £52million for last year — underwent tests after being taken off inside the opening 20 minutes of the match — which Liverpool lost 1-0.

“Liverpool Football Club can confirm Naby Keita was taken to hospital in Naples on Wednesday evening during the first half of the Champions League fixture with SSC Napoli,” read a club statement.

“The midfielder started the game at the Stadio San Paolo, but was substituted inside the opening 20 minutes and replaced by Jordan Henderson after alerting the team’s medical staff to back pain.

“Keita was transferred to a local hospital with the club doctor, where — with the midfielder’s agreement — he underwent a number of precautionary health checks to assess his condition.”

According to Sky Sports, however, Keita will make his way back to Merseyside with the rest of the squad ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with champions Manchester City.

© – AFP 2018

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