Pep Guardiola believes that Gabriel Jesus could be out for three or four weeks, although he isn’t 100 per cent sure when he will return.
With Leroy Sane already out for six weeks following Joe Bennett’s horror tackle in City’s clash with Cardiff City and having failed to sign Riyad Mahrez from Leicester, the Man City boss is hoping Jesus can return and halt Man City’s growing injury problems, with David Silva coming off injured in Wednesday night’s clash at the Hawthornes also.
Jesus picked up a medial collateral ligament injury on December 31 away to Crystal Palace and is expected to be fit for Manchester City’s Champions League clash away to Basel on February 13, although it is possible the Brazilian could be out for another three or four weeks, as Guardiola has voiced his concerns over his fitness.
Guardiola says Jesus will be out for three or four more weeks but doesn't know for sure
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The manager has reported only having three strikers to choose from, with Sergio Aguero being City’s only traditional striker.
The former Barcelona boss has, however, announced that 19-year-old academy player Lukas Nmecha is being promoted to first team training and may be in line for some appearances with the Sky Blues.
It might not be until February 25 when Jesus makes his return against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final.