How long is Diogo Jota out for? Liverpool star avoids ‘worst case scenario’ | Football

Jota was forced off in the first-half against Brentford (Picture: Getty)

Liverpool star Diogo Jota is expected to be sidelined for around two months.

The Portugal international was stretchered off in the first-half of Saturday’s win over Brentford after colliding with Bees captain Christian Norgaard.

Curtis Jones and Darwin Nunez were also forced off during the 4-1 win with Jurgen Klopp later confirming Jota’s was the most concerning issue.

Jota will undergo further scans on Monday but seems certain to miss Sunday’s Carabao Cup final showdown against Chelsea at Wembley.

Portuguese publication Record report the 27-year-old has suffered cruciate ligament damage. Crucially however, they suggest the injury is likely to be a posterior rather than anterior ligament injury that will see him miss ‘around two months’ of action.

The report claims Jota has avoided a ‘worst case scenario’ where he misses the rest of the season, circumstances which would also leave his participation in this summer’s European Championship in doubt.

Jota is expected to return for the season run-in in April but will miss some crucial matches before then. With a mid-April return date in mind, the former Wolves star would miss eight Premier League matches, including clashes with Manchester City, Everton and Manchester United.

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Jota was carried off the pitch (Picture: Getty)

Jota has scored 14 times in 28 appearances this season, six of those coming in his last eight appearances where he has been particularly influential with Mohamed Salah out of the side.

Liverpool were already without goalkeeper Alisson Becker heading into Saturday’s game against Brentford before suffering three further injury blows that afternoon.

‘Curtis got a knock on the lower part of his shin, above the ankle. We will have to see what that means, what he felt, but he wasn’t 100 per cent sure,’ Klopp said.

‘If Curtis cannot play on that tells you it must be something because he would have played on at all costs.

‘Diogo looks probably the worst. I didn’t see it back but I heard that the pictures didn’t look great, so we will have to see there.

‘Darwin we took off because he said he feels “un poco”, really little, but it was obviously today enough to immediately push the brake and that’s what we did.

‘That’s not great. We can talk about that part of the game which is really not good but we cannot change that anymore.’


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