Gabriel Jesus ‘faces THREE MONTHS on the sidelines’ after being ruled out of World Cup with knee injury, blow to Arsenal’s Premier League title hopes
Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus is set to spend up to three months on the sidelines, according to reports.
The striker was ruled out of the rest of the World Cup on Saturday after injuring his knee during the tournament with Brazil, and the problem is now thought to be worse than expected.
According to sporttv via SB Nation, Premier League leaders Arsenal could be without their star striker until at least March, dealing a blow to their title hopes.
Brazil and Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus reportedly out for up to three months
Jesus injured his knee while playing for Brazil against Cameroon at the World Cup
Jesus was a key player for Arsenal, which helped top the Premier League table
Jesus featured in Brazil’s loss to Cameroon on Friday but was substituted in the second half after struggling to make an impact on the game.
It was his first start of the tournament after two substitute appearances in wins over Serbia and Switzerland.
He’s been central to Arsenal’s good form this season and has been heavily praised by manager Mikel Arteta on several occasions, but the Spaniard will now have to deal with the 25-year-old’s absence for some time. .
The striker was expected to miss a month but the problem is more serious than thought
It’s possible Arsenal will enter the market to strengthen in January, with just Eddie Nketiah in reserve to provide a natural ninth-place option.
Jesus has scored five goals in 20 games since joining the Gunners in the summer for £45million from Manchester City,
But his link-up play was applauded as he helped turn his side from Champions League misfire into bona fide title contenders within months.
Brazil, meanwhile, are also set to be without Alex Telles for the rest of the tournament, who is struggling with a similar problem.
Injuries add to the ever-growing treatment table, with Danilo and Neymar also missing their side’s last two group games.
Brazil will face South Korea in their round of 16 match on Monday, but it’s unclear whether either will play, with no deadline for their returns.