Gabriel Jesus ‘faced up to THREE MONTHS on the sidelines’ after being ruled out of World Cup with knee injury, major blow to Arsenal’s Premier League title hopes
Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus is reportedly sidelined for a period of up to three months.
The attacker was ruled out of participation in the rest of the World Cup on Saturday after suffering a knee injury during the tournament with Brazil.
Sports TV reports this via SB nationPremier League leaders Arsenal could be without their star striker until at least March, dealing a huge blow to their title hopes.
Brazil and Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus is reportedly out injured for up to three months
Jesus suffered a knee injury while playing for Brazil against Cameroon at the World Cup
Jesus has been a key player for Arsenal, helping them to 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 influence the match.
It was his first start of the tournament after coming on as two substitutes in the victories over Serbia and Switzerland.
He has been crucial to Arsenal’s good form this season and has received massive praise from manager Mikel Arteta on several occasions, but the Spaniard will now have to do without the 25-year-old for a while.
The attacker was expected to miss a month, but the problem is more serious than first thought
It is possible that Arsenal will go into the market to strengthen in January, with only Eddie Nketiah in reserve to provide a natural option in the number nine position.
Jesus has scored five goals in 20 games since joining The Gunners from Manchester City for £45 million this summer.
But his link-up play has won acclaim as he helped transform his side from missing out on the Champions League to genuine title contenders in a matter of months.
Brazil, meanwhile, will also have to miss Alex Telles for the rest of the tournament, who is struggling with a similar problem.
The injuries add to the ever-expanding treatment table, with Danilo and Neymar also missing their side’s last two group matches.
Brazil will play South Korea in the round of 16 on Monday, but it is unclear if either match will take place, with no timetable for their return.