Cristiano Ronaldo will be without one of his top teammates for the World Cup as the forward is sidelined with a calf injury.
Cristiano Ronaldo will not have it easy in Qatar 2022, Portugal have been drawn in Group H with Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea. All tough opponents, especially considering Uruguay was the team that eliminated Portugal in the last World Cup.
Portugal received some bad news on Tuesday, which can only make things worse, given that Cristiano Ronaldo has not been at his best this season. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has told reporters that Diogo Jota will miss the 2022 World Cup.
“[It’s] quite a serious calf injury. Sad news for the lad, us, and Portugal,” said Klopp, with the German manager saying the injury will sideline Jota “for a long time”.
Diogo Jota out of Qatar 2022
The Portuguese forward has 29 caps and 10 goals, Jota was a part of the Nations League championship won by Portugal in 2018/19. Jota was seen as an instrumental piece of the Portuguese attack in Qatar.
At the club level the forward has had pit stops at FC Porto, Wolves, and now Liverpool where he has scored 24 goals in 58 appearances. This season Jota had yet to score for The Reds.