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Naby Keita Withdraws From Guinea Squad

Guinea will be without their captain and Liverpool star Naby Keita  for their two international friendlies later this week.

Keita withdrew from the squad that will play Algeria on September 23 and Ivory Coast on September 27 as he struggles to recover fully from a niggling muscle injury.

The Guinea captain has yet to feature for Liverpool this season, but the Syli Nationale coach  Kaba Diawara initially called midfielder believing that he would have recovered for the two friendlies.

“The midfielder and captain of the Syli National will not be able to honor his summons on the sidelines of the international break in September 2022 due to his state of physical health,” Guinea FA said in aststement.

“His state of health has been the subject of particular attention and regular exchanges have taken place between the Guinean Football Federation, Liverpool Football Club and the player.

“As indicated by the national coach Kaba Diawara on September 7, 2022, a final assessment was made by the technical staff. It has been noted that the player’s situation is improving.

“ However, according to the medical report sent by the Liverpool Football Club, Naby Kéita is considered too fair for the two games of Guinea.”

Without his influential captain, Diawara has less options in midfield from his preliminary squad of 24, that also has seen central defender Saidoi Sow withdrawing from squad.

Guinea is scheduled to play the three friendlies during the FIFA International week from September 23 to September 27 in Oran and Amines.

Full squad:


Ibrahima Koné (Hibernians FC Paola / Malta) – Aly Kéita (FK Ostersunds / Sweden) – Lassana Diakhaby (Valenciennes / France)


Antoine Conté (Hapoel Tel-Aviv / Israel) – Ibrahim Diakité (Stade de Reims / France) – Ibrahima Sory Conté (Chamois Niortais / France) – Mohamed Aly Camara (Young Boys / Switzerland) – Saidou Sow (AS Saint-Étienne / France ) – Mouctar Diakhaby (Valencia CF / Spain) – Issiaga Sylla (Toulouse FC / France) – Sékou Oumar Sylla (SC Cambuur / Netherlands)


Amadou Diawara (RSC Anderlecht / Belgium) – Mory Konaté (Saint-Trond / Belgium) – Cheick Oumar Condé (FC Zurich / Switzerland) – Moriba Kourouma (Valencia CF / Spain) – Seydouba Cissé (CD Leganes / Spain) – Aguibou Camara ( Olympiacos / Greece) – Naby Kéita (Liverpool FC / England)


Bafodé Dansoko (KMSK Deinze / Belgium) – Alkhaly Momo Cissé (Wisla Krakow / Poland) – Thierno Barry (SD Logrones / Spain) – Morgan Guilavogui (Paris FC / France) – Mohamed Lamine Bayo (Lille / France) – Serhou Guirassy (VFB Stuttgart / Germany)




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