Key Liverpool Star Set To Miss Carabao Cup Final As Estimated Return Date Is Revealed

Liverpool forward Diogo Jota will not be available for the Carabao Cup final, according to Record.

The Portuguese tabloid report that, while the injury the striker picked up against Brentford on Saturday is not as bad as first feared, he will still be out for “around two months”.

Jota injured his knee during a collision with Bees captain Christian Norgaard just before half-time at the Gtech Community Stadium.

The 27-year-old had to be stretchered off the pitch, prompting fears that he could be out for a long time. However, although it is believed that he has sustained ligament damage, it isn’t an ACL.

Which Liverpool games will Jota miss?

As well as the clash against Luton Town on Wednesday night and the final versus Chelsea this weekend, the forward could be sidelined for as many as 9 league matches.

Jota won’t be available for some key fixtures, including the potential title decider against Manchester City, the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park and the away game versus Manchester United.

He will also be missing for the FA Cup fifth-round tie against Southampton, as well as both legs of the Europa League round of 16 tie in March.

Klopp will be hoping his squad doesn’t suffer any more injuries

Jota’s injury is a big blow, but the Reds also have plenty of other absentees. Curtis Jones was seen leaving on crutches after the victory over Brentford due to a shin injury.

Darwin Nunez had to be substituted at half-time in the same game after feeling a niggle, while there are now even rumours that Mo Salah suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury. The speculation about the Egyptian has not been confirmed by reliable sources so fans should not be concerned at the moment. If he misses the Luton game, though, alarm bells will be ringing.

David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.