Expert drops worrying LFC injury claim

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Diogo Jota will likely miss the start of Liverpool’s 2022/23 Premier League season with a hamstring injury, according to Sky Sports’ Ben Dinnery.

The Lowdown: Jota suffers hamstring setback

The Portuguese star suffered the problem earlier this summer while on international duty before meeting his Reds team-mates for pre-season.

Unfortunately, Jota then suffered the same hamstring injury again, meaning he would have to be sidelined for several weeks, missing their next friendlies in the process.

Liverpool’s Premier League opener at Fulham is just two and a half weeks away and the striker faces a race against time to be ready for the game.

The latest: An expert makes a disturbing claim

Talk to Football Insiderdinner, a injury expert who contributes for Skyclaimed that Jota will likely miss this game and potentially even more, such is the severity of the injury:

“It’s a real concern. He got injured while playing for Portugal and he had a recurrence in training. It massively calls into question his availability ahead of the first week of play. At the moment there’s chances are he’s not involved.

“You can’t afford too many slip-ups in this Premier League, especially since you expect City to start like a steam train.

“Liverpool, if they want to compete, will also have to put in the work. Jota would normally be heavily involved in that.

“But unless we see him on the training ground soon, it’s hard to see him involved in the first weeks of the season.”

Verdict: Hard blow for Liverpool

It’s a blow for Liverpool, with Jota such a consistent goalscorer since joining from Wolves in 2020, scoring 34 times in 85 appearances.

As Darwin Nunez is still settling into his new surroundings, the 25-year-old may have been a regular starter in the early weeks of the campaign, potentially alongside Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz, but he now appears to have been deprived of this opportunity and Nunez will be forced to hit the ground running.

The hope is that Jota only misses one or two games, but regardless of when he returns he will then have to find training and match rhythm, which means his start to the season could be very slow.





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