Gabriel Jesus, a Brazilian striker who was sidelined for about three months after suffering a catastrophic knee injury at the World Cup, is now recovering and aiming to make a comeback.
Gabriel Jesus, who has been recovering from a major knee injury, is back on the turf after an absence of eight weeks.
The 25-year-old Arsenal striker suffered medial collateral ligament (MCL) injuries during Brazil’s World Cup run, and his last appearance for the Gunners came in a comfortable 2-0 victory away to Wolves on November 12. Jesus has been watching from the sidelines and undergoing a laborious recovery program while his Arsenal teammates have kept their lead in the Premier League standings.
However, the £45 million summer acquisition has now taken a step toward making a comeback after releasing an update on his development. On Wednesday, Jesus posted a photo to Instagram that showed him once more on the grass and donning football boots.
The Brazilian responded excitedly, “After 8 weeks,” adding a string of emojis to signify his relief and appreciation. Jesus now has his sights set on assisting the Gunners in winning their first Premier League championship in 19 years after failing to help his country advance past the World Cup quarterfinals.
At the midway point of the season, Arsenal now leads Jesus’ old team and defending champions Manchester City by five points. Even though Eddie Nketiah has done a fantastic job filling in at striker, the 25-year-return old’s will undoubtedly offer manager Mikel Arteta a much-needed lift as the game enters its final stages.
The Gunners manager will need to exercise patience, though, after it was recently revealed that Jesus’ injury was worse than initially thought. Arteta stated to Sky Sports, “Hopefully we will have him back (for the last few months of the season). “It was clearly a major injury that lasted a little longer than we anticipated. Although he will make every effort to make it shorter, we will miss him for a time.”
“The good news is that another academy youngster like Eddie, who has been very persistent, worked hard, and been maturing in the way that we intended, now gets the chance to show what he can do and he surely is,” said the coach.
Jesus continues to have an impact off the field despite his protracted absence. According to the Mail, the former City forward served as one of captain Martin Odgeaard’s ‘henchmen’ at the Emirates, maintaining standards and fostering a strong sense of unity.
The younger Jesus and Odegaard, together with Granit Xhaka, who is a more outspoken presence in the locker room, assist in organizing team social activities, which occasionally include club employees and players’ families. Midway through the season, it is clear that the team’s efforts are paying off because Arteta’s guys are in a strong position to win the championship in May.