Pep Guardiola sets comeback date for Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus

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Pep Guardiola sets Gabriel Jesus comeback date
Gabriel Jesus ushered off the field at Selhurst Park after suffering a medial ligament injury in December (Picture: Getty)

Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus could return to action within two to three weeks, according to Pep Guardiola.

The 20-year-old, who has eight Premier League goals this season, was left in tears after suffering a medial ligament injury in the goalless draw with Crystal Palace on New Year’s Eve, as Man City’s 18-match winning league run came to an end.

Guardiola confirmed the Brazil international visited Dr Ramon Cugat in Barcelona on Thursday to be assessed and suggested Jesus could make a remarkable return in time for the club’s Champions League last-16 tie against Basel on February 13.

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He told reporters at his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s game against Liverpool: ‘Yesterday he was in Barcelona with Dr Cugat and at the end the news is quite good. I think two or three weeks, against Basel in the Champions League, he could be ready.’

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Unbeaten City have a commanding 15-point lead at the top of the Premier League table, having only dropped four points throughout the season so far.

Pep Guardiola sets Gabriel Jesus comeback date
Guardiola has managed Manchester City to away victories at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge already this season (Picture: Getty)

Guardiola is relishing the challenge of visiting Anfield despite the game being considered by many as the biggest threat the leader’s 22-game unbeaten run.

‘Of course if you want to achieve something that’s good and win titles you have to win these kind of games,’ he said.

‘This season we were able to do that but we still have to go to Anfield, to Tottenham – there are still lots of games to play.

‘But Liverpool is such an important game, to realise again if we are able to do big things in this season, in important stages, in the Champions League.

‘To see ourselves, when we arrive in Basel, knockout games – how is our behaviour? We did it in Stamford Bridge, Old Trafford, and we’ll see on Sunday how we do.’

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