Manchester City’s teenage hitman Gabriel Jesus has been ruled out of action for between two and three months, potentially ruling him out for the season.
The news comes following an assessment of the Brazilian’s ankle injury suffered on Monday night during their Premier League clash with Bournemouth. The 19-year-old striker went over on his ankle in the 13th minute of the first half and following some on field treatment, hobbled to the touchline.
Since his arrival in January for a reported price of £27 million, Jesus has managed to bag three goals in as many appearances and has managed to displace Argentina internation Sergio Aguero from the starting place up front.
Following his departure from the field on Monday, Aguero came on and emphatically stamped his authority on the game by scoring City’s second goal, securing a crucial three points for the Premier League’s second placed side.
According to the Mirror, scans following the game showed that Jesus broke the fifth metatarsal in his right foot and could be out for up to three months. This could well mean that fans will not see the teenage striker again this season.
Following the announcement of the striker’s prognosis, Sport Witness has revealed that rather than take the option of physiotherapy and return in around four weeks, he decided to undergo surgery in order to ensure a strong recovery. The trade off for this was the longer rehabilitation.
While this is certainly a disaster for the player, the presence and form of Aguero in the side will certainly help soften the blow for Guardiola and fans.
The Spanish manager will now have to plan for the Champions League visit of Monaca on February 21st without his in-form new striker. Worse still is the now reliance on Aguero to deliver the goals between now and the end of season as the Manchester side attempts to overturn Chelsea’s eight point lead at the top of the table.
It is amazing the difference a day makes in football. Only this time yesterday Guardiola had a wealth of talent to choose from, while today his options are all too limited.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena