Liverpool star Diogo Jota on course for early injury return as Man City clash in sights

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Liverpool forward Diogo Jota could reportedly feature in the Reds’ crunch Premier League clash with Manchester City in February as he continues his recovery from a knee injury. Jota had an excellent start to his Liverpool career, netting nine goals in his first 15 games in the Premier League and Champions League.

However, he suffered a knee injury in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with FC Midtjylland in early December and he has been out of action since.

Now, according to a report from the Athletic, Jota is making good progress in his recovery and he could be back in action by the end of January.

That would mean the Portuguese international would be in line to play when the Reds take on Manchester City on February 2.

When Jota initially suffered the injury, manager Jurgen Klopp said: “Yeah, it’s worse than we first thought and better than we then thought.

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“All the potential surgeons had a look on it, no surgery needed. But he will be out for a while.

“We don’t know exactly but one-and-a-half, two months. We don’t know exactly. It’s pretty similar with Kostas Tsimikas, by the way. Unbelievable.”

Klopp added: “It was first after the game. We saw the situation when he got it; him himself, nobody would have thought something happened there.

“We got him off the pitch and he said ‘I feel a little bit’ and next day, scans and then a surgeon has to look at it. That’s how we do it, different information.

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“In the end, it’s strange but we were happy that we heard the final diagnosis.”

Those initial projections that Klopp spoke of would have seen Jota miss the City clash but his impending return will be a big boost for the Reds, who have dropped points in their last two games against West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle and would have benefited from having the 24-year-old available.

Speaking to Liverpool’s official website earlier this month, Jota offered an update on his recovery.

He said: “Now I am supporting from the outside it is not easy – it’s even harder when you need to suffer as a fan and you can do literally nothing to help the team on the field!”

“But I’m doing my best to be back as soon as possible. Things are going well but knee injuries are always complicated so we cannot rush things, but I am doing well and I will be back on the field as soon as possible, like I say.”

Liverpool have already welcomed back midfielder Thiago Alcantara, with the Spaniard returning from a two month lay-off against Newcastle on Wednesday.

Speaking after the game, Klopp said: “We signed Thiago actually because we thought he was a good player, so you can imagine we would like to have him in the team. That’s clear. What the other boys did in the time he was not available is absolutely incredible.

“So, yes, it’s good [he is back], he is a super player.”

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