Medical expert reveals Diogo Jota return date amid 'really concerning' Liverpool news
Liverpool star Diogo Jota is almost certain to be out for the opening weekend of the season and his absence could continue for several weeks beyond that.
That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis.
Jota, 25, recently resumed training after he picked up a hamstring injury playing for Portugal in the Nations League last month.
But as relayed by The Athletic last Thursday (14 July), the forward has undergone a scan on what Liverpool fear is a recurrence of the same soft tissue setback.
Liverpool kick off their 2022-23 Premier League campaign at Fulham on 6 August.
Dinnery predicts that they will be without Jota for the clash at Craven Cottage.
“This is a real concern,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“He picked up the injury playing for Portugal and he has picked up a recurrence in training.
“This calls into question massively his availability heading into game week one. At this moment in time, the chances ae that he won’t be involved.
“You can’t afford too many slip-ups in this Premier League, especially given the fact that you’d expect City to start like a stram train.
“Liverpool, if they want to compete, are going to need to hit the ground running as well. Jota would normally be heavily involved in that.
“But unless we see him on the training pitch soon, it’s difficult to see him being involved in the early weeks of the season.”