By Ben Dinnery

23rd Jun, 2022 | 11:06am

Medical expert verdict on Diogo Jota being 'derailed' by injury after Liverpool update

Diogo Jota’s latest injury is a result of fatigue and not likely to have any major bearing on his readiness for the 2022-23 campaign with Liverpool.

That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Jota, 25, played 54 times in 2021-22 as Liverpool went the distance in all four competitions.

And, as relayed by the Liverpool ECHO last Monday (13 June), the Portuguese forward has picked up a thigh problem while away on international duty.

Liverpool fly out to to Thailand for their pre-season tour on 9 July, a little over two weeks away.

But Dinnery is not concerned about Jota’s fitness ahead of preparations for 2022-23.

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“The worry is that it’s a fairly quick turnaround,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“But it’s nothing that would send major alarm bells ringing. These Nations League games were shoehorned in at the end of a very hard and demanding domestic season.

“It’s a fine balance between playing those games and managing players effectively. However, my understanding is that the Diogo Jota one is more of a bit of general wear and tear and fatigue after a long campaign.

“I don’t think it’s anything derailing that carries with it the risk of disrupting any of his pre-season programme.”

Liverpool take on Man United in Bangkok in their first pre-season friendly on 12 July.

They also face Crystal Palace, RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg before the Community Shield against Man City on 30 July.

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