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Diogo Jota reveals “difficult moment” as he has suffered heart problem

Diogo Jota reveals "difficult moment" as he has suffered heart problem

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Diogo Jota has revealed he feared for his career in 2014 after being diagnosed with a heart problem.

The Liverpool winger had just joined Portuguese team Pacos de Ferreira when a heart screening showed he had an issue. Jota’s debut was held up as he was restricted from all forms of football for a month while doctors investigated the problem.

The Portuguese has since enjoyed a stellar first season at Anfield, scoring 13 goals in 30 appearances since his move from Wolves last summer, but admitted he did not know if he would play football again at one point.

“That was a difficult moment. It had the sort of impact that made me ask, ‘Will I be able to continue playing?’”, said Jota, while speaking to FourFourTwo magazine.

“But I always keep a positive mentality in those situations, trusting that everything was going to be all right. I knew it could mean quitting football, but I didn’t believe for a second that it was going to happen.

“In Portugal, we use the phrase ‘you shouldn’t put the cart before the horse’ – don’t draw conclusions before you know the facts. The whole thing happened on my first day of work, when you undergo fitness tests.

“It was a bit of a scare because there was some alteration in my electrocardiogram. I had to be submitted for an electrophysiological study.

“Only after that was I given medical clearance to continue playing. I ended up missing part of pre-season and my senior debut was delayed.”

Source – Daily Star

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