Printed: January 12, 2018 10:23 pm
Manchester Metropolis striker Gabriel Jesus may return in two to 3 weeks after receiving remedy on his knee damage in Spain, supervisor Pep Guardiola stated on Friday.
The 20-year-old, who has scored eight Premier League objectives this season, suffered knee ligament injury within the goalless draw with Crystal Palace as Metropolis’s 18-match successful run got here to an finish on Dec. 31.
It was feared that Jesus may resist two months on the sidelines however after a remedy session in Barcelona on Thursday, Guardiola is assured Jesus can play an element within the first leg of their Champions League final 16 tie in opposition to Basel on Feb. 13.
“Gabriel was in Barcelona with Dr (Ramon) Cugat and things are quite good,” Guardiola instructed a information convention forward of Sunday’s league conflict in opposition to Liverpool at Anfield.
“I think in two, three weeks hopefully for the Champions League game against Basel he could be fit.”
British media stories have linked league leaders Metropolis with a January switch transfer for Arsenal ahead Alexis Sanchez.
Guardiola, nonetheless, refused to debate hypothesis surrounding the 29-year-old Chile worldwide and stated his focus stays on Metropolis’s journey to fourth-placed Liverpool.
“I understand completely this question, you make this question, but I am focused on Liverpool,” he stated. “As a manager, you have a lot of worlds to deal with and you have to choose which one you are going to focus on. I would not like my players, when they see me on TV and read in the newspapers, (to see) the manager talking about another thing like they are not important. The important thing is the 90 minutes on the field.”
Liverpool are unbeaten in 14 league residence matches in opposition to Manchester Metropolis, successful the final 4 in a row.