Paul Put includes Naby Keita in Guinea’s AFCON squad despite injury

Despite concerns over his thigh injury, Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita has been picked in the Guinea national team final squad for the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

As quoted on IOL, the 24 year old admitted of his injury after head coach Paul Put had released the 23 man squad stating that he will be ready for the competition.

“I am not yet fully fit to play. After training with the ball at Liverpool, I have arrived at the Guinean training camp in Morocco, and am ready to train with the team.

“I want to reassure Guinean supporters, the coaches and the rest of the squad that I believe I will be ready for our first match.”

Injury

Keita was injured during UEFA Champions League semi final between Liverpool and Barcelona in May 2019.

Guinea will open their campaign at the competition against Madagascar before meeting three-time champions Nigeria and later Burundi.

The Guineans came close to winning the African Cup of Nations in 1976, when they finished runners-up to Morocco.

Final Squad

Goalkeepers: Naby Yattara (Excelsior, Reunion Island), Ibrahima Kone (Pau, France), Aly Keita (Ostersunds FK, Sweden).

Defenders: Fode Camara (Ajaccio, France), Issiaga Sylla (Toulouse, France), Ernest Seka (Nancy, France), Simon Falette (Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany), Ousmane Sidibe (Beziers, France), Baissama Sankoh (Caen, France), Mikael Dyrestream (AO Xanthi FC, Sweden), Julian Jeanvier (Brentford, England).

Midfielders:  Amadou Diawara (Napoli Italy), Ibrahima Cisse (Fulham, England), Boubacar Fofana (Gaz Metan, Romania), Naby Keita (Liverpool, England), Mady Camara (Olympiakos, Greece)

Forwards:  François Kamano (Bordeaux, France), Mohamed Yattara (Auxerre, France), Ibrahima Traore (Borussia M’Gladbach, Germany), José Kante (Gimnastic Tarragona, Spain), Idrissa Sylla (Zulte Waregem, Belgium), Fode Koita (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Sory Kaba (Dijon, France)