Keita taken to hospital during Liverpool defeat

Naby Keita appeared to suffer a back injury against Napoli, leading to his substitution after just 19 minutes.

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Naby Keita was taken to hospital during Liverpool's Champions League defeat to Napoli on Wednesday, the club has confirmed.

The midfielder was substituted in the 19th minute after alerting the Reds' medical team to a pain in his back. He was taken to a local hospital where he underwent a number of precautionary health checks to assess his condition.

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Liverpool is scheduled to remain in Italy until Thursday morning and no decision has been made on when the 23-year-old will be discharged.

Lorenzo Insigne scored in the 90th minute to secure all three points for Napoli and condemn Liverpool to its first Champions League defeat of the campaign.

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