Gabriel Jesus ‘faces up to THREE MONTHS on the sidelines’ after he was ruled out of the World Cup with a knee injury in a major blow to Arsenal’s Premier League title hopes
Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus is set for a period of up to three months on the sideline, according to reports.
The striker was ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup on Saturday after picking up a knee injury during the tournament with Brazil, and the problem is now believed to be worse than first feared.
According to sporttv via sb nationPremier League leaders Arsenal could be without their star striker until at least March, dealing a major blow to their title hopes.
Brazil and Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus will reportedly be out injured for up to three months.
Jesus suffered a knee injury while playing for Brazil against Cameroon in the World Cup
Jesus has been a key player for Arsenal, helping them reach the top of the Premier League table.
Jesus played 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 tournament start after two substitute appearances in wins over Serbia and Switzerland.
He has been instrumental in Arsenal’s good form this season and has been praised massively by manager Mikel Arteta on a number of occasions, but the Spaniard will now have to deal without the 25-year-old for a period of time.
The striker was expected to miss a month, but the issue is more serious than thought
Arsenal may enter the market to strengthen in January, with only Eddie Nketiah in reserve to provide a natural option at number nine.
Jesus has scored five goals in 20 games since joining the Gunners in the summer for £45m from Manchester City.
But his link-up game has won plaudits, having helped transform his team from missing out on the Champions League into true title contenders in a matter of months.
Brazil, meanwhile, will also 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 team’s last two group stage matches.
Brazil will face South Korea in their round of 16 match on Monday, but it is unclear if any of the plays will be featured, with no timetable set for their returns.