Liverpool are set to be without Naby Keita for the next two games after discovering the extent of the injury he sustained during the international break.
The midfielder hobbled off during the first half of Guinea’s 1-1 draw with Rwanda on Tuesday and subsequently returned to Merseyside for further treatment.
He has since undergone a scan on a suspected hamstring problem and is now expected to spend a short spell on the sidelines.
Keita will be unavailable for selection at Liverpool for at least two weeks, reports Guinea journalist Sega Diallo.
This will see him miss Saturday’s Premier League clash away to Huddersfield Town, as well as Wednesday’s Champions League meeting with Red Star Belgrade.
Naby keita @NabyDeco sera absent au moins 2 semaines après la blessure contracté mardi dernier face au Rwanda. @LFC ne pourra pas compter sur son milieu de terrain en championnat les deux prochaines journées. #YNWA @makadjiamadou @Chris78Williams pic.twitter.com/va1QqO6it5
— sega diallo (@segadiallo) October 18, 2018
Keita’s injury has contributed to a busy week for Liverpool’s medical department, with a number of Reds returning from international duty early with fitness issues.
Mohamed Salah reported back at Melwood at the beginning of the week after being forced off with a muscle strain in the second half of Egypt’s 4-1 win over Swaziland last Friday.
It was revealed later that weekend that Virgil van Dijk had withdrawn from the Netherlands squad after a recurrence of the rib problem that saw him miss last month’s League Cup defeat to Chelsea.
Scans have, however, since determined that both will be fit to feature when Liverpool resume their league campaign at the John Smith’s Stadium this weekend.
Sadio Mane meanwhile handed Jurgen Klopp another injury scare as he was forced to receive surgery on a broken thumb suffered whilst away with Senegal.
In a miraculous recovery, James Milner is seemingly fit again after shaking off the hamstring problem that forced him off in the first half of the Reds’ goalless draw with Manchester City just two weeks ago.