Injury expert Ben Dinnery thinks Celtic attacker Jota could be out for a total of seven weeks with his hamstring issue, Football Insider report.
The Lowdown: Jota’s absence
Celtic are expected to sign the 22-year-old on a permanent deal before the end of the season in a £6.5m transfer.
Ange Postecoglou has ruled Jota out of the League Cup final against Hibernian later this month, as shared by Sky Sports, and it seems as if he could miss the entire festive period and New Year.
The Latest: Dinnery’s comments
Injury expert Dinnery was talking to Football Insider regarding Jota’s timeframe on the sidelines.
This is what he had to say in reply, believing Jota, labelled as ‘explosive’ by Alan Hutton, could return following the winter break, meaning he’d have missed seven weeks of action after he picked up the problem on December 2 against Hearts.
“Look, it’s very much touch and go. It depends on the player’s response to treatment.
“We talk about external factors maybe influencing a possible return to play. Should Celtic go on a run and they keep winning games, then the pressures to maybe throw Jota back in the team lessens almost.
“You’re making that decision. Why take any chances? Why throw anybody in there?
“Two or three weeks? Yeah, but I think those decisions will be probably taken game week to game week. There will always be context to those decisions.
“If a player is returning and he does decide to sort of throw him back in, then you could be looking at maybe just minutes from the bench.
“With a return to maybe like a full, proper training during that winter break.”
The Verdict: Not ideal…
Should Dinnery’s prediction on Jota prove accurate, it could prove to be a blow, but possibly the correct decision.
That means Postecoglou’s attacking options could be extremely limited ahead of the winter break with some crucial games before then.
The only good news to come from Jota’s time on the sidelines could be the possibility of making his move permanent, with Dinnery thinking he could be without Jota for a total of seven weeks.
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