The Portugal forward only returned to full fitness in September, having missed the Reds’ entire pre-season schedule with a hamstring injury he picked up on international duty at the end of last season.
And Jota was just getting into his stride when he was struck down by another injury problem at the very end of Liverpool’s victory over Pep Guardiola’s side.
Days later, Jurgen Klopp described Jota’s calf issue as a “serious injury,” with the 25-year-old missing out on a place at the World Cup as a result.
Now, The Athletic‘s Liverpool reporter James Pearce has claimed that Jota is likely to return to action “in late January or February.”
That would mean he would have been out of action for more than three, if not four months, by the time he has recovered.
The most recent update on Jota that we’ve heard from Liverpool came from Pep Lijnders during his media duties last week.
When discussing injuries, he simply said Jota “would take longer” to recover than Luis Diaz, who is expected to be ready to return to action when the squad reconvene after the World Cup.
Arthur is another of Liverpool’s long-term absentees, with Klopp explaining how the Brazilian’s muscle injury is “really serious” at the end of last month.
He too is not expected to be available for some time, while there is hope that Kaide Gordon, who has been out since February with various fitness issues, will be available in the new year.
As such a valuable member of Klopp’s attack, it’s a real shame that Jota is highly unlikely to be ready when the Premier League campaign resumes after Christmas.
Let’s hope that when he does return, he’s put his injury problems behind him once and for all.