By Ben Dinnery

4th Nov, 2022 | 8:30pm

Insider issues 'massive' Jota injury claim after Celtic reveal

Jota should be ready to start matches for Celtic without it being a “massive concern”.

That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis, speaking exclusively to Football Insider.

Jota has had a major impact from the bench in Celtic’s last two matches after missing the previous five games with a muscle injury.

In the 3-0 win over Livingston last weekend (30 October) the 23-year-old scored and won a penalty after being introduced in the 80th minute.

The Portuegese played the final half an hour of the 5-1 defeat to Real Madrid on Wednesday (2 November) and he scored his side’s goal with a free-kick.

Ange Postecoglou told BT Sport ahead of the game that Jota did not start because he had to be “mindful” about his fitness.

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“Look, typically after two to three weeks out and being on the training pitch for, I suggest, at least a week, there aren’t massive concerns about throwing him in,” Dinnery told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“They’ll still be wary and they will still be an understanding and a need to manage the player slightly. But, again, there are not huge concerns given the small amount of time he’s spent on the sidelines.

“Although he’s been out competitively for around 22 days, he’s still been working and recovering so will have those good baseline levels of fitness.

“It’s more about that little bit of sharpness that he might lack now and will have to play himself into.”

Jota has been a fan favourite at Celtic since his move from Benfica last summer (2021).

He has scored 20 goals and provided 19 assists in 54 appearances across all competitions for the Hoops.

In other news, an ex-Fifa official has backed Ange Postecoglou for Scottish FA talks as controversial Jota footage emerges from Celtic.