Alison Conroy has dropped an extremely worrying injury update on Celtic winger Jota.
In a recent post on Twitter, the Sky Sports journalist revealed that, as a result of the hamstring injury the Benfica loanee picked up in Celtic’s 1-0 win over Hearts last week, the 22-year-old has now been ruled out of the League Cup final against Hibernian on December 19.
Speaking about the condition of the winger, Conroy said: “Jota will miss the League Cup final.”
Considering just how important a part of the Celtic side Jota has become since making a temporary switch to Parkhead this summer, the news that the Portugal U21 international will miss one of the club’s biggest games of the season will undoubtedly have left fans fuming.
Indeed, over his 11 Premiership outings so far this season, the £3.15m-rated man has scored five goals, provided four assists and created two big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of three shots and making 1.5 key passes per game.
These returns have seen the forward average an extremely impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.38, ranking him as the Bhoys’ fifth-best performer in the league – of the players who remain a part of Postecoglou’s squad.
The £7.1k-per-week winger has also been in fantastic form over his five Europa League appearances, bagging two goals, providing two assists and creating four big chances for his teammates, with these metrics seeing the youngster average a SofaScore match rating of 7.40 – ranking him as the Hoops’ best performer in the competition.
As such, the absence of the forward for the final will undoubtedly come as a major blow to Postecoglou and his side, whose chances of lifting the League Cup at Hampden Park are considerably slimmer with Jota watching on from the sidelines.