Eyebrows were raised when Naby Keita was strapped to a stretcher and carted off the field in Naples on Wednesday, especially since he was clutching his lower back when he slumped to the turf.
Why the extreme precautions? Now we have a bit of an idea.
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A Football Italia report said it was a cardiac issue that led to the 23-year-old being rushed to the hospital, citing multiple outlets in Italy. The same report says Keita was given “the all clear.”
Scary stuff, though Liverpool’s official statement was far more vague.
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.
There have been a number of terrifying on-field incidents in recent seasons, some which have led to death. Thankfully, it seems Keita’s back pain was not as serious as it looked, and it’s just as good that the authorities took every precaution with his care.