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Liverpool and Portugal blow: Diogo Jota ruled out of the World Cup with injury

The forward was forced off on a stretcher against Manchester City

Liverpool have been handed a major blow as Diogo Jota has been ruled out of the World Cup and games beforehand after being stretchered off in the dying seconds of his side’s 1-0 win over Manchester City.

The Reds came away from their clash with the Premier League champions victorious thanks to a deft finish from Mohamed Salah, but the sweetness of the victory at Anfield was marred somewhat by a late injury to Jota, who was stretchered off after what looked to be a calf injury.

And Jurgen Klopp did not sound positive about the injury after the fact, telling the media that “if Diogo stays down, it is not good”, prompting fears that it could be a serious issue.

Indeed, as per Portuguese outlet A Bola, “the 25-year-old Portuguese international underwent an MRI and, although the results have not yet been released, BOLA knows that the break time will be longer than a month, completely ruling out the possibility of Diogo Jota being called to represent Portugal. in the World Championship.”

This will come as a massive blow to Portugal, with Jota having featured in eight of their last nine games, while the forward has 10 goals to his name in 28 appearances for his country.

It is also a massive issue for Liverpool. The Reds have already lost Luis Diaz to injury, with the Colombian having been forced off in the first half of their 3-2 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates with a knee problem. It was later confirmed that he will play no further part in matches until at least the New Year, and with Jota set to join him on the treatment table options are running thin.

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Ben Browning

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