“A few more weeks”- Liverpool star reveals when he hopes to return to action

Diogo Jota
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Liverpool forward Diogo Jota has revealed when he hopes to be back in action following the injury he suffered earlier this summer.

Jota picked up a hamstring injury when he was on international duty with Portugal back in June and did not feature for the Reds in any of their pre-season fixtures.

The 25-year-old admits that having felt the issue while trying to return to fitness, he believes that it will be ‘a few more weeks’ before Jurgen Klopp is able to call upon him for selection which will see him miss Saturday’s Premier League opener against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon.

Earlier this week, Jota penned a new lucrative five-year contract (The Guardian) as a reward for his excellent displays since joining from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Jota told Liverpool’s official website: “Unfortunately for me, I had an upset in this pre-season because I got injured [in the] last game of the season playing with Portugal. So I was coming back in this pre-season, I felt it a little bit again. So it will be a few more weeks, I would say.

“When you fight for everything, like we did last year, you just want to do it again and to do it better, because it’s possible.

“That drive is in me and I know it’s in my teammates and all the staff. We have everything to fight for those titles out there.”

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It is quite unfortunate to see Jota suffer this problem as he could have gained more prominence in Jurgen Klopp’s plans moving forward. After all, the forward line has thinned even with Darwin Nunez’s arrival as the likes of Sadio Mane, Divock Origi, and Takumi Minamino moved the opposite way.

However, it is now quite important to ensure that Jota does not suffer another recurrence as that could seriously affect his long-term fitness. Enduring relapse in and of itself is quite risky, so the utmost care must be provided to help the former Wolverhampton Wanderers man overcome this issue.

Hence, the Merseysiders have made a good decision by not playing Jota against Manchester United in Bangkok even though he travelled with the team for the fixture. Ensuring his full fitness should be the priority, in any case, so keeping him on the sidelines was the right choice indeed.

It has now been claimed that Jota has completely recovered from his injury issue, with the forward now eyeing to achieve full fitness (The Telegraph). The ex-Wolves ace is expected to return to training soon, with individual sessions probably being the primary obstacle in the pathway to recovery.