Before the season resumes, Liverpool might see a Diogo Jota injury return sooner than expected.
Liverpool looking forward to an early injury return for Diogo Jota
Liverpool are “very confident” about Diogo Jota‘s comeback, according to reports from Portugal. He continues to heal from a chronic calf injury in Dubai. Jota has been out since the dying moments of the 1-0 victory against Man City on October 16. That is when he had to leave the game due to a severe calf issue.
As a result, the striker missed the World Cup with Portugal. And has missed Liverpool’s first eight games, leaving Jurgen Klopp to lament the “extremely unfortunate news.” After his “dream crumbled,” Jota declared he would be “fighting to get back as soon as possible.” And his initial arrival was scheduled for late January or early February.
Whether that has changed is unknown, but the 26-year-old has reportedly left Liverpool’s medical staff “very optimistic,” according to Portuguese publication O Jogo, via Sport Witness. That occurs when he completes a personalized treatment plan at the club’s training facility in Dubai. And with an eye on participating in the Champions League round of 16 matches against Real Madrid.
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The fact that the first one is on February 21 at Anfield implies that Jota is at least on schedule for his early comeback to play. If O Jogo is to be believed, he may be somewhat ahead. And might accrue minutes in the prior matches against Everton (Feb. 13) and Newcastle (Feb 18).
Any quicker-than-expected comeback for Jota would be welcomed. Especially in light of Luis Diaz‘s most recent permanent knee injury. Nevertheless, despite the fact that it was a fluke occurrence, that setback for Diaz should also be seen as a cautionary tale when it comes to bringing Jota back into the fold.