Naby Keita could return for Liverpool’s Champions League final 

Liverpool could be set to welcome back Naby Keita in time for next month’s Champions League final against Tottenham.

Keita has been sidelined since Liverpool’s semi-final first-leg defeat to Barcelona on May 1 with a thigh problem. He limped off at Camp Nou after just 24 minutes into the game.

The 24-year-old midfielder had since missed the remainder of Liverpool’s Premier League campaign, where they ended up just a point shy of snatching the league title from Manchester City.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp had previously suggested that Keita could be out for up to two months.

Therefore, the former RB Leipzig star is in danger of not only missing the Champions League but Guinea’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) campaign in Egypt next month as well.

But national team coach Paul Put has assured supporters that the Guinea captain is just a fortnight away from returning to training.

“He consulted his doctor in Switzerland as I said at the beginning. He is in treatment with his doctor,” he told Foot224.

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“It is said that he will maybe in two weeks [be ready] to resume [training] with the group.

“It is even possible that he is in the group for the Champions League final if what I have been told is true.

“We will see. That’s the news that I got.”

Liverpool will take on Spurs at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano on June 1 for the Champions League final.

However, should he indeed return to training in two weeks time, it would leave Keita with very little time to return to full fitness. Thus, his chances of making the squad for Madrid seem remote at the moment.

On the other hand, though, Guinea will have no such worries as their AFCON campaign will begin on June 22 against Madagascar in Group B.

BURY, ENGLAND – JULY 14: Naby Keita of Liverpool controls the ball during a pre-season friendly match between Bury and Liverpool at Gigg Lane on July 14, 2018 in Bury, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

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