Naby Keita has left the Guinea camp at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations for further medical examination at his club, Liverpool.
Keita suffered a blow on his thigh in the Syli Nationale’s 1-0 loss to Nigeria last Wednesday and was not fit enough to play in Sunday’s crucial game against Burundi.
The midfielder was an unused substitute in Cairo as Paul Put’s side romped to a 2-0 win over the Swallows in their final group fixture.
After the game, the Guinean Football Federation disclosed Keita left the team’s base for further medical consultation in Liverpool and he is expected to return back to Egypt if they qualify for the next round.
“A match that Guinea could play without Naby Keita. Injured against Nigeria, the European champion leaves Egypt tonight for medical consultation in England. The player should still return to Egypt for the rest of the competition,” read a statement from the country’s FA.
A brace from Mohamed Yattara at the Al-Salam Stadium in Cairo boosted Guinea’s chances of advancing to the Round of 16 as one of the best losers after finishing third in Group B, with four points behind Madagascar (seven) and Nigeria (six).
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