Liverpool's Fabinho could return for Man City showdown, says Klopp

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Newcastle United v Liverpool - St James' Park, Newcastle, Britain - December 30, 2020 Liverpool's Fabinho before the match Pool via REUTERS/Peter Powell

(Reuters) - Liverpool midfielder Fabinho is set to miss the club's next two Premier League games due to injury but could return in time to face title rivals Manchester City, said manager Juergen Klopp.

The 27-year-old Brazil international, who has filled in at centre back with several defenders out injured, missed Thursday's 3-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur with a muscle injury.

Liverpool visit West Ham United on Sunday before hosting Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday and Man City on Feb. 7.

"Minor issues nowadays are at least three games," Klopp told reporters ahead of the game against fifth-placed West Ham. "It depends on the week – it could be four games as well. We have to see.

"I think the game where Fab could be back is City."

Klopp also said midfielder Naby Keita, who has not featured since the 7-0 win at Crystal Palace last month, is close to returning to action.

Champions Liverpool are fourth in the table with 37 points from 20 games, seven points behind leaders City.

(Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by William Mallard)

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