Diogo Jota has returned to Liverpool early after pulling out of Portugal’s squad due to injury.
Portugal face Luxembourg in their World Cup qualifier on Tuesday evening but the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) has confirmed that Jota will take no part in the match and has been ‘dismissed’ from the squad.
The FPF confirmed that the medical team for the national side assessed Jota and declared that he was not fit enough to be included.
Jota has been unable to take part in training with his Portugal teammates due to a ‘muscular injury’ and did not feature in their 3-0 friendly win over Qatar on Saturday.
Jota will now be assessed by Liverpool’s medical staff ahead of their Premier League clash with Watford on Saturday.
Speaking on Monday, Portugal head coach Fernando Santos insisted that he did not want to risk Jota following his injury issue.
‘He trained a while ago, increased the intensity today with [physio] Joao Brito, but he didn’t train with us,’ Santos said on Monday.
‘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 go back to Liverpool.’
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