Portugal and Liverpool’s Diogo Jota is set to miss out on the upcoming World Cup after suffering an injury during his team’s 1-0 win over Manchester City.
The forward confirmed the news himself on social media platforms.
Jurgen Klopp had hinted at the extent of the issue during the interviews after the game.
“Really not good news, yes he will miss the World Cup. Pretty serious injury in the calf muscle and now the process starts. That’s it pretty much,” said Klopp.
“All the rest will now follow in the next few days. Very sad news for the boy, for us as well and for Portugal… I don’t want to put a time on it (his return). It will be a long time.”
Jota was instrumental in Liverpool’s win over the defending champions with his energy causing City’s backline real trouble. But the 25-year-old had to be stretched deep into stoppage time due to his injury which indicated the seriousness of the issue.
His injury adds to a growing list for Liverpool who were hoping to kickstart their stuttering league campaign after their recent win.
It is even worse news for Portugal who were going to rely on Diogo Jota heavily during their World Cup campaign, especially with Pedro Neto already ruled out due to his ankle injury while on duty with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Jota has, so far, scored 10 times for Portugal in 29 games.
Portugal is in Grop H with Uruguay, South Korea, and Ghana the other members. They will open their campaign against Ghana on 24th November (PKT).