Portuguese top star Diogo Jota is to miss the Super Eagles international friendly in November at the Estádio José Alvalade in Lisbon on November 17.

The 25-year-old is a key member of the Selecao team, scoring ten goals and providing eight assists in twenty-nine appearances.

Jota sustains a calf muscle injury during Sunday’s Premier League 1-0 win over Manchester City at Anfield.

Former Wolves forward will miss Portugal’s international friendly with the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the 2022 Qatar World Cup as Liverpool confirmed in a statement released on their official website.

“Diogo Jota is set for a prolonged spell on the sidelines due to the calf muscle injury he sustained against Manchester City on Sunday, which will also rule him out of Portugal’s World Cup campaign.

“Jota does not require surgery on the issue, however.”

Jurgen Klopp has said: “The first diagnosis was clear and it’s very sad news for us. We have to look at [player welfare], we always do and if we can consider things lineup-wise, we will. It’s an intense period, we’re used to it but full energy is required again versus West Ham.”

Pressed on how long Jota will be out, the German tactician added: “We’re talking about months. I don’t want to put time on it. It will be a long time.”

Jota will subsequently miss Liverpool’s remaining eight fixtures before the international break in November, as well as his country’s participation in the Qatar finals.

Portugal will use the international friendly against Super Eagles to prepare for their 2022 World Cup Group H clash opener with Ghana on November.

Seven days after the game with Nigeria before facing Uruguay and South Korea in Group H.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here