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Football news - Naby Keita becomes fourth Liverpool player injured in international break

Keita becomes fourth Liverpool player injured in international break
By Eurosport

16/10/2018 at 21:03Updated 17/10/2018 at 07:38

Liverpool's Naby Keita went off with a suspected muscle strain in Guinea's 1-1 draw against Rwanda on Tuesday, becoming the third player in five days from the Premier League club to suffer an injury scare during African Nations Cup qualifiers, and the fourth during the international break.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah had to be taken off with a groin strain when Egypt beat eSwatini 4-1 in Cairo on Friday and Sadio Mane suffered a thumb injury in Senegal’s 3-0 win over Sudan in Dakar on Saturday. Defender Virgil van Dijk also left the Netherlands squad after picking up an injury.

Salah did not travel with the Egypt squad for the return game against the former Swaziland on Tuesday, returning to Liverpool for treatment instead, while Mane was left out of the Senegal lineup for the return game in Sudan.

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Keita was replaced at halftime as Guinea were held by Rwanda away in Kigali, missing out on a chance to book their place in next year’s finals in Cameroon.

The three players are now doubts for Liverpool's league match at Huddersfield Town on Saturday. Liverpool entertain Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League next week.