Naby Keita could finally make his return from injury before long. We haven’t seen the midfielder since late December.
Crystal Palace 0-7 Liverpool. December 19th feels like a lifetime ago. Well, that was the last time we saw Naby Keita.
He’s been out with an injury every since and still hasn’t returned to training.
In fact, we haven’t even known what the injury is until now. Jurgen Klopp has, thankfully, given an update and it appears Keita should return soon.
“It was a hamstring, a slightly bigger one,” Klopp said of Keita, per Liverpoolfc.com. “He is back on the pitch but not with the team yet.
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“He is in individual training sessions – hard training sessions. It is the final stages of his rehab, but [he is] still not there.”
It was in Klopp’s assessment of Diogo Jota, though, that he gave an estimated return timeline for Keita.
“Diogo is close, but not as close as Naby, for example,” he said, before giving his estimate for Jota.
“Diogo [will be] two or three weeks, maybe.”
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It’s worth noting that the Jota estimate is Klopp’s own thinking – he admits his medical staff could think differently.
Regardless, this is all promising.
Two weeks out means Keita might just make the Sheffield United game at the end of the month. Half a chance of the Everton clash but that feels unlikely.
The real positive of a two-week return from injury, though, is getting Keita back for March, April and May. Even better, getting him some games ahead of the international break.
Obviously, Jota is the one we really want on the pitch. That doesn’t seem as likely, though. A similar timeframe would be wonderful but we won’t get too excited yet.
Keita would make a difference, though. Hopefully, then, his return isn’t too far off.