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Injured Liverpool midfielder Keita sent to hospital for tests

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Injured Liverpool midfielder Keita sent to hospital for tests
Soccer Football - Champions League - Group Stage - Group C - Napoli v Liverpool - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - October 3, 2018 Liverpool's Naby Keita during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Alberto Lingria   -   Copyright  ALBERTO LINGRIA(Reuters)

(Reuters) – Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita was taken to hospital after sustaining a suspected back injury during his team’s 1-0 defeat by Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday, the Premier League club said.

The Guinean was taken off the pitch on a stretcher midway through the first half of the group stage tie in Naples and is a major doubt for Liverpool’s top-of-the-table Premier League clash at home to Manchester City on Sunday.

“Keita was transferred to a local hospital with the club doctor, where — with the midfielder’s agreement — he underwent a number of precautionary health checks to assess his condition,” Liverpool said in a statement.

Lorenzo Insigne scored in the 90th minute to send Napoli top of Group C on four points, one ahead of Liverpool and Paris St Germain. Red Star Belgrade are bottom with one point.

(Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by John O’Brien)