Naby Keita is now back in England and is even in contention to face Manchester City on Sunday.
We’re very glad we can write this as on Wednesday evening when the Guinean was leaving the field on a medical cart, it looked like he could be out for a prolonged period.
Our no.8 hurt his back during the game, but there’s been no lasting damage.
“Keita’s just been discharged,” Ciro Mauro of the Cardarelli hospital said, translated by the Telegraph.
“He’s got a flight to Liverpool at 2pm. He didn’t have a cardiologic problem, it was a strong back trauma. He had an MRI and CAT scan to rule out any problems to his spine.
“It is not related to a cardiovascular problem. The player was serene when he left and the Naples doctors have given him a good bill of health.”
The problem definitely isn’t serious, as Mauro finished his interview with a joke!
“We’ve recommended a long period of recovery so that he won’t play in Liverpool-Napoli,” he said…
Keita’s start to life at Liverpool has been a little strange. We waited a year to get him on board, and were wowed by his performance against West Ham on Opening Day. He then went viral against Crystal Palace for a jaw-dropping piece of skill following by a beautiful pass to Mo Salah.
But since, he’s gone off the boil. As a result, he’s dropped out of Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI and hasn’t done much during the minutes he’s been given since.
He clearly possesses incredible talent but seems to be playing without freedom right now.
The game with Manchester City at the weekend probably isn’t the right time to start him, but our fixtures get (on paper) easier after the international break and we’d really like to see both Naby and Fabinho cement themselves as starters.