Fernando Santos says Diogo Jota could return to Liverpool early if he isn’t passed fit to play in Portugal’s matchup with Luxembourg on Tuesday.
The forward missed the friendly victory over Qatar on the weekend with a reported muscular issue and has been absent from full training.
Santos thinks there is just a small chance of Jota featuring in the World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg, and the Portugal boss isn’t willing to risk him.
‘He trained a while ago, increased the intensity today with [physio] Joao Brito, but he didn’t train with us,’ said Santos in his pre-match press conference.
‘The probability [that he will play] will be little. I’ll talk to him, see how he feels.
‘If we see that he has any conditions to be on the bench and then come in, that’s fine.
‘If we don’t, we won’t take the risk with a player who hasn’t been able to train with us for a long time.
‘I’ll make the decision shortly, and if he can’t play, he’ll head to Liverpool.’
Liverpool travel to Vicarage Road to take on Watford in the Premier League on Saturday.
The Reds currently occupy second place in the table, one point behind league leaders Chelsea.
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