PREMIER - Portugal & Liverpool: concern for Diogo Jota
Summoned to the Portuguese selection for this second international break of the season, Diogo Jota could return to Liverpool earlier than expected.
Fernando Santos, Seleção coach, said at a press conference that the 24-year-old striker was very uncertain for the match against Luxembourg on Tuesday, counting for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, in due to a muscle problem. “The probability that he plays is low,” conceded the 67-year-old Lusitanian technician, before continuing.
“I'm going to talk to him and see how he feels. If we see that he's fit to be on the bench and can come in, that's fine. Otherwise, we won't take the risk with a player who hasn't been able to train with us for a while. If he cannot participate in the match, he will return to Liverpool. They (the Reds, Editor's note) trust and know the quality of our medical staff, but if he cannot play tomorrow, it makes perfect sense for him to go to Liverpool."
Diogo Jota, scored 3 goals in 7 Premier League games this season, had not taken part in the victory of Portugal against Qatar (3-0) on Saturday, in a friendly match.