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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, May 20, 2023: Liverpool's Naby Keita during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Aston Villa FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Naby Keita to miss start of season with new club after injury strikes…again

Naby Keita‘s torrid history of injuries has followed him to his new club, handing him yet another setback as he looked to start afresh in Germany.

The 28-year-old left Liverpool as a free agent this summer after five years and 129 appearances for the club, but his time at Anfield was plagued by injury.

It meant he played just 46.4 percent of the Reds’ games, robbing him of the chance to consistently feature for Jurgen Klopp‘s side.

Despite closing his Liverpool career by missing 12 games due to injury, Bundesliga club Werder Bremen wasted no time in signing the midfielder.

The German club’s sporting director Frank Baumann did admit that the club’s medical staff were initially ‘skeptical’ but were, in fact, “impressed” by his condition during his medical.

He arrived as a marquee signing but, unfortunately, they will have to wait to see him in action after he suffered an adductor muscle injury during the warm-up before Werder’s friendly against VfB Oldenburg on Sunday.

The match was to mark the 28-year-old’s first outing for his new club but history has, sadly, repeated itself.

The club say he “will be out of action for several weeks,” which will likely rule him out of the start of the season, which Werder kick off with the DFB-Pokal on August 12.

It is a cruel blow for a player who will just be desperate to build his fitness base and string games together after just 13 appearances last season for Liverpool.

The only hope is now that his recovery does not extend beyond the initial prognosis and that he can get back on track and find the form that caught Liverpool’s eye all those years ago.