Diogo Jota ‘may return’ for Wolverhampton Wanderers against Liverpool on Thursday, reports BBC Sport. The 23-year-old has been out of action with a dead leg that caused him to miss Wolves’ 1-1 draw with Newcastle United (January 11) and 3-2 win over Southampton (January 18).
Jota has made 29 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring and creating 14 goals. The Portuguese international’s last outing came from the bench in Wolves’ 2-1 defeat to Watford (January 1), so his absence has hurt the Midlands outfit too badly.
Nuno Espirito Santo has preferred Pedro Neto alongside Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore in attack recently and is likely to stick with the trio against Liverpool. Neto has scored two goals in his last three Premier League appearances and is earning his place on merit.
Jota may only make the matchday squad if he is passed fit as he wasn’t in the best form prior to the injury. The 23-year-old has scored only three league goals in 19 matches and is currently enduring his third goal drought of the campaign.
Neto has taken his chance to impress and should be given the nod regardless of Jota’s availability.