Manchester: Manchester Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola warned on Friday that teen sensation Gabriel Jesus might be out of motion for as much as three months and won’t play once more till subsequent season.
The 19-year-old Brazil striker, who has scored three targets in 5 video games since becoming a member of Metropolis within the January switch window, broke a bone in his foot throughout Metropolis's 2-Zero win away to Bournemouth within the Premier League on Monday.
"He's coming again when he’s match," Guardiola advised a information convention on Friday. "I don't know if it will likely be the tip of this season or subsequent season… His restoration is between two and three months."
Metropolis paid Brazilian membership Palmeiras an preliminary £27 million ($33 million, 31 million euros) for Jesus.
The striker scored at West Ham United and twice towards Swansea Metropolis and Jesus hoped to turn out to be the third Metropolis participant — after Emmanuel Adebayor and Kevin De Bruyne — to attain on every of his first three Premier League begins.
However he lasted simply 15 minutes at south-coast facet Bournemouth's Dean Courtroom floor earlier than going off injured.
Jesus had an operation on the broken metatarsal in Barcelona on Thursday, and is anticipated to spend a few of his restoration time again house in Sao Paulo.
There stays an opportunity he might return earlier than the tip of the present marketing campaign, however Guardiola made it clear he won’t rush the ahead again into first-team motion.
"So final night time, there was an operation," Guardiola stated Friday. "It was good, actually good. The necessary factor is an effective restoration.
"He's coming again when he’s match. I don't know if it will likely be the tip of this season or subsequent season. Now we're giving all our assist to him and his household and ready for him to come back again."
Requested if that meant there was an opportunity that Jesus wouldn’t be again this season, Guardiola added: "I don't know. His restoration is between two and three months."
– 'Aguero high quality' –
Jesus's damage means Sergio Aguero is about to be pushed into the central attacking function when Metropolis welcome Monaco to Eastlands within the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday.
Aguero has been omitted of the beginning line-up for Metropolis's final three league matches, which has solid doubt on his long-term future on the membership, despite the fact that he has a contract till 2020.
Guardiola stated every week in the past he needed the Argentina worldwide to remain, but additionally indicated there was no assure that might occur.
The Metropolis supervisor, nonetheless, has been impressed with the best way Aguero has pushed to get again into the beginning line-up since being dropped.
"From the start of the season, not simply in these three video games, Sergio has at all times performed greater than effectively," stated Guardiola.
"He confirmed that when he got here on towards Swansea, or towards Bournemouth after the damage to Gabriel," the Spanish supervisor defined.
"He got here in and performed effectively, and was concerned within the second objective. I don't have doubts about his high quality, as a result of it was at all times there."
Earlier than the Monaco match, Metropolis journey to Championship promotion contenders Huddersfield City within the fifth spherical of the FA Cup on Saturday.
Guardiola is anticipated to relaxation a number of key gamers to maintain them contemporary for Champions League motion, however remained quiet on whether or not Claudio Bravo would get a recall in objective.
Bravo was dropped in favour of Willy Caballero final month after a poor run of kind, however requested who could be his goalkeeper on the John Smith's Stadium, the supervisor stated: "I’m going to resolve tomorrow."