Portugal’s Diogo Jota to miss World Cup through injury

Oct 17, 2022, 5:58 PM | Updated: Oct 18, 2022, 12:27 pm
Liverpool's Diogo Jota, right, duels for the ball with Manchester City's Rodrigo during the English...

Liverpool's Diogo Jota, right, duels for the ball with Manchester City's Rodrigo during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

(AP Photo/Jon Super)

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Portugal forward Diogo Jota will miss the World Cup because of the injury he sustained against Manchester City, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said Tuesday.

Jota was taken off on a stretcher in stoppage time of Liverpool’s 1-0 win on Sunday and has a serious calf muscle injury.

“It will be for a long time,” Klopp said in a news conference about Jota’s expected absence from the tournament that starts in Qatar in five weeks. “We talk about months, so we will see.

“He knew it when we carried him off the pitch. At that moment he knew already it was a serious one and it could be pretty impactful for his World Cup dreams.”

Jota was an expected starter for Portugal in a group that includes Ghana, South Korea and Uruguay. He has never played at a World Cup.

“After such a good night at Anfield, mine ended in the worst way! In the last minute one of my dreams collapsed,” Jota wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. “I will be one more supporting from the outside, club and country, and fighting to be back as soon as possible.”

The World Cup starts on Nov. 20 and Portugal begins in Group H four days later against Ghana.

Portugal also lost winger Pedro Neto last week because of an ankle injury on club duty for Wolverhampton that requires surgery.

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