Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita has tested positive for Coronavirus becoming the latest Reds star to contract the disease.
It is reported in Guinea that the 25-year-old has contracted COVID-19 and has entered self-isolation after testing positive on international duty.
Keita is now the fourth Liverpool player to come down with the virus after Thiago Alcantara, Sadio Mane and Xherdan Shaqiri also returned positive tests over the last few weeks.
The news has been reported by a number of journalists in Africa, but is yet to be confirmed by the Guinea national team or Liverpool.
If correct, it means Keita will be unavailable for Saturday’s Merseyside derby against Everton.
Thiago missed Liverpool’s games against Arsenal and Aston Villa after testing positive for COVID-19 at the end of September.
Mane also picked up the virus in the same week, which meant he, too, was forced to sit out the Reds’ shock 7-2 thrashing against Aston Villa last weekend.
However, Thiago is now closing in on a return to action after making just one appearance following his summer arrival from Bayern Munich, with the Spaniard now out of quarantine.
The midfielder confirmed the news on Saturday with a post on social media that showed him exploring his new city
Liverpool have also received a boost with Shaqiri, who returned a positive test last week but has made his return to action with the Switzerland team.
Shaqiri had gone into self-isolation in his homeland but a subsequent negative result saw him removed from quarantine, and he made his comeback by coming off the bench in the Swiss’ 1-0 defeat to Spain on Saturday night.