Mikel Arteta gives worrying Gabriel Jesus injury update with Arsenal star out for 'longer than expected' | The Sun

MIKEL ARTETA has revealed Gabriel Jesus could be out for longer than initially expected.

The striker suffered a knee injury playing for Brazil at the World Cup.



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He underwent surgery on his right knee and was initially expected to be out for three months.

But Arsenal could be without the 25-year-old for even longer, with Arteta revealing the problem is more serious than first thought.

He said: "Hopefully we will have Gabriel back for the final months, it was a serious injury a bit longer than we expected it.

“He is going to do everything he can to make it shorter but we’ll miss him for a while.”

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Jesus has returned to the gym since his injury and is working hard while recuperating.

A video showed the former Manchester City star lifting weights and stretching his injured knee.

To strengthen the injured knee he stepped up onto a gym box, did squats and practiced lifting it up off the ground for a stretch.

But he was also spotted hobbling around the Arsenal training ground in a knee brace.

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Eddie Nketiah has taken Jesus' place in the team and scored four goals in four games since the World Cup.

Arteta said of the academy graduate: "He's been patient when he needed to be but as well he's been with the right mindset and preparing himself for thismoment.

"He's a great finisher, the timing of his runs and the decision-making in waiting until the last moment when the keeper was committed shows his quality.

"His understanding, his work-rate, I think he's getting better and better."

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