Kaba Diawara, head coach of the Guinean national team, has on Friday provided an update on the wellbeing of sidelined Liverpool star Naby Keita.
Midfielder Keita, of course, has endured a season to forget to date.
This comes with the 27-year-old, owing to a series of fresh fitness concerns, having been restricted to just a solitary cameo, during the Reds’ Community Shield showdown with Manchester City back in July.
Keita’s most recent setback came last week, when Jurgen Klopp confirmed that his all-action engine room star was set to be action ‘for a while’, owing to a muscular injury.
The assumption, in turn, was that Keita would be forced to sit out the upcoming international break, in a bid to recover full fitness ahead of what is likely to prove a hectic English fixture list in the buildup to the winter World Cup.
In turn, it came as a major surprise upon news surfacing this week that, in fact, the former RB Leipzig standout had been afforded a call-up by his country.
Speaking to the media on Friday, it therefore came as little surprise when the subject of his decision to select Keita for a pair of fixtures versus Algeria and the Ivory Coast later this month was put to Guinea boss Kaba Diawara.
And the tactician went on to reveal that his side’s captain is ‘ahead of schedule’ in his recovery, meaning the possibility exists that Keita could yet return to feature in both of Guinea’s upcoming friendlies.
“Naby Kéita is injured and he is recovering from his injury. His situation is improving and he is even ahead of schedule,” Diawara began.
“We took a group of 24 players precisely to give him a chance to be able to count on him because he is a very important player for us, on and off the pitch, he is our captain.
“We are monitoring his situation very closely. We still have a little over two weeks before our first game. There are chances of getting him back by then.”