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    You fellas make a good jest here - but he always seems fit for the AFCON doesn’t he.

    Does make me wonder IF he is really injured half the time he is missing for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steveo View Post
    You fellas make a good jest here - but he always seems fit for the AFCON doesn’t he.

    Does make me wonder IF he is really injured half the time he is missing for us.
    Do you genuinely believe that these lads would rather sit in the treatment room for weeks on end rather than play?
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    No. I find it very hard to actually believe - hence the term 'wonder'.

    Was only talking about one lad BTW - Keita. The fitness record and then seeming availability for the tournament. I would say it appears that he has priorities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steveo View Post
    You fellas make a good jest here - but he always seems fit for the AFCON doesn’t he.

    Does make me wonder IF he is really injured half the time he is missing for us.
    Naby's very prone to niggly muscle injuries (or being slow to recover from them) like Thiago or Sturbridge.

    Klopp has been unhappy about the condition he has come back from international duty in before. Those sorts of injuries are more likely to happen (or worsened if already underlying) in the last 15-20 minutes of a match, or with regular play (2-3 games in 10 days) or both.

    Think we generally take a risk-averse approach with him (only playing him when 100% fit) rather than maybe playing him in 60% condition and risking not having the option of him at all.

    Needless to say, we feel the pressures of injury-prone midfielders more than most, as we have 3 of them (Ox, Keita, Thiago) and some of our other options are becoming slightly more prone than they were (Henderson) or older (Milner) - this was then compounded when Elliott gets a very unfortunate major injury, which overlaps with a period when another option (Jones) gets a freak eye injury.

    Recruitment of a robust midfielder of the highest quality would certainly be our most ideal signing and hopefully next season we don't have the extra 10% in the rotten luck department of missing Jones and Elliott at the same time for a number of weeks.
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