When Gabriel Jesus broke down in tears after going off injured against Crystal Palace, many feared the worst. Would it be a season-ending injury and could it put his World Cup hopes in jeopardy?
With each passing interview, the prognosis has appeared more positive though. And after Manchester City revealed that the 20-year-old Brazilian has suffered a medial collateral ligament injury, Pep Guardiola offered his own update last night.
Speaking after City’s win over Watford at the Etihad Stadium, the City boss said: “Gabriel will be out for between four to six weeks, or a little bit longer, but hopefully as soon as possible.”
That news means the youngster could be back in time for City’s Round of 16 clash with FC Basel in February, with the first leg scheduled for 13 February.
Kyle Walker also limped off at the end of last night’s match and Guardiola was not happy with the toll the brutal festive schedule has been taking on players.
“We are going to check Kyle out,” Pep told the media. “What I’ve seen in the last weeks is how many injuries the players have. We are going to kill them. The federation needs to reflect.
“I know the show must go on, but this is not normal. They control us – but we don’t protect the players. The people come here to watch the players and enjoy their performances – not the managers in the press conferences or the journalists who write about the game.”
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