Injury expert fears 'six-week' Keita absence at Liverpool after Klopp latest
Naby Keita could miss up to “six weeks” of action for Liverpool with yet another muscle issue.
So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Keita broke down 25 minutes in Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Brighton on 30 October with what was later revealed to be a hamstring injury.
That came just a week after he suffered an impact injury as a result of a wild Paul Pogba challenge in the 5-0 away win over Man United.
Jurgen Klopp told Liverpool’s media team on 31 October that he “can’t see” Keita returning for tomorrow’s (3 November) clash with Atletico Madrid.
And Dinnery fears that his absence could stretch well beyond the Champions League fixture.
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“The severity of the injury is key here,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“You’re looking at seven to 10 days for something which is fairly minor. We are assuming that’s it’s not a grade three where he needs surgery.
“So it could be anything from four to six weeks in a worst-case scenario. We hope it’s nearer to a grade two tear and it’s not too serious.
“He’ll get that opportunity for a little bit of respite in and around that international break.
“But Keita is a player who unfortunately has suffered a lot of problems during his time at Liverpool. It seems one thing after another.
“We feared the worst after that Pogba challenge, but thankfully his foot wasn’t planted.
“Post-match assessment revealed that it was just an impact injury. It was very painful but nothing significant.
“Historically, he has struggled with the thigh, the quadriceps, the hamstrings. That’s the big worry.
“It’s very rare that it’s a seven-day setback with Naby. It’s almost always that two, three, four-week injury.“