Team captain Naby Keita included in Guinea’s provisional squad despite injury
Guinea coach Paul Put has included Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita in his 25 man provisional squad for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, despite it not being clear whether he will be fit for the tournament.
This comes a week after the Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp revealed Keita was ahead of schedule in his recovery from the thigh injury he picked up at Barcelona in the Champions League semifinal on 1 May.
The 24 year old has represented the Syli Nationale since 2013 featuring on 31 occasions and scoring 5 goals.
The National Elephants will begin their Nations Cup preparations on 28 May in Conakry and will then head to Marrakech for a two-week training camp when they will play warm-up matches against The Gambia on 7th June and Benin four days later.
Guinea is in group B together with Burundi, Madagascar and Nigeria, their opening match will be against Madagascar on 22nd June.
Guinea provisional squad:
Goalkeepers: Naby Yattara (Excelsior, Reunion Island), Ibrahima Koné (Pau, France), Moussa Camara (Horoya), Aly Kéita (Ostersunds, Sweden).
Defenders: Fodé Camara (Ajaccio , France), Issiaga Sylla (Toulouse, France), Ernest Seka (Nancy, France), Simon Falette (Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany), Ousmane Sidibé (Béziers, France), Baissama Sankoh (Caen, France), Mikael Dyrestream (AO Xanthi FC, Sweden), Julian Jeanvier (Brendford, England).
Midfielders: Amadou Diawara (Napoli Italy), Ibrahima Cissé (Fulham, England), Boubacar Fofana (Gaz Metan, Romania), Abdoulaye Paye Camara (Horoya), Naby Keita (Liverpool, England), Mady Camara (Olympiakos, Greece).
Forwards: François Kamano (Bordeaux, France), Mohamed Yattara (Auxerre, France), Ibrahima Traoré (Borussia M’Gladbach, Germany), José Kanté (Gimnastic Tarragona, Spain), Idrissa Sylla (Zulte Waregem, Belgium), Fodé Koita (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Sory Kaba (Dijon, France).
Defenders: Ousmane Kanté (Paris FC, France), Sékou Condé (Chateauroux, France).
Midfielders: Sadio Diallo (Hatayspor, Turkey), Michel Landel (Giresunspor, Tukey) Kamso Mara (Liberec, Czech Republic).
Forwards: Hadji Barry (Swope Park, USA).