Jurgen Klopp has given an update on Diogo Jota’s foot injury, with the Portuguese striker facing a battle against time to be fit for the European Championship after his domestic season ended.
The 24-year-old, who scored 13 goals in his first season at Anfield, will not be included in Jurgen Klopp’s search for a top-four finish and Champions League qualification this season. He will, however, remain hopeful of representing his country at a big international event this summer, with defending champions Portugal due to face Hungary on June 15 in the Euros.
Jurgen Klopp Words On Diogo Jota’s foot injury
When asked whether Jota might miss the tournament, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said to reporters: “Actually, Diogo, I’m not sure. As I previously said, it is not life-threatening, but you must wait to see how it progresses and recovers.
It’s a little bone in the foot, and we’ll have to wait and see. I believe he will now be in a boot for two weeks or so, and when he comes out of it, the doctors will assess how it has progressed, so I don’t know, but it is not a good time.”
This season, the Reds have been plagued by untimely injuries, forcing them to tear up their best-laid plans daily.
On-loan defender Ozan Kabak is one of the players who is now nursing a knock. He is trying to earn a permanent move in the future.
The Turkey international was inactive in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over West Brom. Klopp believes the 21-year-old might play a role in the club’s search for a place at Europe’s top table.
When asked about another of his injured center-backs, the German tactician said, “Ozan, no. For long-term [injuries], no. Ozan’s [injuries] aren’t long-term, but nobody is coming back, I believe.”
The Reds, are currently in fifth place in the Premier League. They are just one point behind Chelsea. It is said that they will return to action on Wednesday as they travel to Burnley.