Leipzig wait on Keita for Porto clash

 29 Oct 2017 - 17:06

Leipzig wait on Keita for Porto clash

AFP

Berlin: RB Leipzig are waiting to see how Liverpool-bound Naby Keita recovers from a foot injury for their Champions League clash at Porto on Wednesday.

Leipzig's key midfielder hurt his foot four minutes before the final whistle in Leipzig's 2-0 Bundesliga defeat at Bayern Munich on Saturday.

"He took a blow on the foot and then had a lot of pain," said RB coach Ralph Hasenhuettl.

"I hope it will be no problem for Wednesday."

The injury happened when Keita was kicked by Bayern's Spain international Thiago Alcantara, who later came to the Leipzig dressing room to apologise, according to Hasenhuettl.

Keita was able to take part in a light training session on Sunday.

"He's already getting better, the kick wasn't so bad," Hasenhuettl told reporters.

Leipzig are second in Group G, five points adrift of Besiktas in their first Champions League season and are hoping for another win over Porto, who they beat 3-2 at the Red Bull Arena a fortnight ago.

On Saturday, Keita limped off against Bayern leaving RB to finish the match with nine men after Hasenhuettl had used up his three substitutions and captain Willi Orban had been sent off after just 13 minutes.

The result left Bayern three points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table, four ahead of third-placed Leipzig.

RB were beaten twice by Bayern this week after also losing 5-4 on penalties in Wednesday's German Cup clash which finished 1-1 after extra time when Keita had earlier been sent off.

Keita, who will join Liverpool next season, was shown a red card on 54 minutes in the second-round cup defeat after receiving two bookings which left Leipzig to play for more than an hour with ten men.