Guinea's Keita on treatment table again in Cup of Nations blow

Reuters , Friday 28 Jun 2019,
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Guinea's midfielder Naby Keita (L) is marked by Nigeria's midfielder Wilfred Ndidi during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) football match between Nigeria and Guinea at the Alexandria Stadium on June 26 , 2019 AFP

Naby Keita's return from injury looks to have been short-lived with Guinea announcing on Friday he is unsure of competing in their must-win last group game at the Africa Cup of Nations against Burundi.

Keita started his first match in almost two months when he played for Guinea against Nigeria in their Group B match in Alexandria on Wednesday, but had to go off after 70 minutes of the 1-0 defeat.

He had made a substitute appearance in the 2-2 draw with Madagascar last Saturday in a first run out since hurting his adductors playing for Liverpool against Barcelona in the Champions League on May 12.

"The victim of several blows against Nigeria, Naby Keita saw the doctor on Thursday," said a statement from Guinea’s football federation.

"Although there is no serious injury, Naby is very uncertain for the match against Burundi. He was left at the hotel to continue receiving treatment, while the rest of the squad trained on Friday."

Guinea meet Burundi on Sunday in Cairo, needing to win to have any chance of advancing to the knockout stages.

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