Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita is closing in on a return to full training, the club have confirmed. The Guinean international has barely featured this season after sustaining a groin problem in training before the UEFA Super Cup.
He is now expected to be fit after the game against Napoli in the Champions League next Tuesday, with a place in the matchday squad likely for the Premier League clash against Chelsea.
Fans on Twitter are hoping that Keita manages to avoid more injuries after twelve months blighted with fitness problems:
just don't rush him into training
— Joop (@Joop79767464) 13 September 2019
Im sure hes gonna get injured again after playing a few matches! Bootleg stturidge 😭😂
— Samuel (@Samuel22518090) 13 September 2019
No need to rush. Hope he gets back even better than before. YNWA
— Mohamed Khalid Ateeq (@iATEEKSTER) 13 September 2019
Hope when Keita comes back he won't have an injury stint for a very while.
— Patrick (@B2Life33) 13 September 2019
— lemo (@fitratollah) 13 September 2019
Hopes high now
— Richie (@_richie2) 13 September 2019
Believe it when I see it
— Ben Young (@BJY81) 13 September 2019
Come back… Stay fit.
— Beautiful Black Child🖋 (@B_BlackChild) 13 September 2019
Try to stay fit man and enjoy ur games
— Tekome Blessing (@TekomeB) 13 September 2019
— Adrián Matofari (@Adriano__Kop) 13 September 2019
It has been a frustrating time for the 24-year-old since his £52.75m switch from RB Leipzig, and he needs to stay fit for an extended period in order to force his way into the first team.
Keita’s last game for the Reds was in the Community Shield against Manchester City back in early August, when he came on as a substitute for the last 25 minutes of the penalty shootout defeat.