Gabriel Jesus has been out of Arsenal’s line-up since sustaining a knee injury at the World Cup back in December, but will he make his return this week as The Gunners take on Leicester City?
Eddie has been fantastic, but Gabriel Jesus is one of the very few players in this team that knows how to win a Premier League title and we need him back on the pitch as soon as possible.
— now.arsenal (@now_arsenaI) February 16, 2023
Gabriel Jesus has been a vital player towards Arsenal’s title push before his injury. In his 14 Premier League appearances, the Brazilian picked up 5 goals and 5 assists, providing significant contributions for the Gunners.
Jesus had surgery on his right knee after suffering ligament damage during the final game of Brazil’s group stages. After surgery, Arsenal’s number 9 has been going through rehabilitation and preparing to come back on the pitch, and if projections are correct, there’s a ‘shot at being included in the squad on the weekend.’
Back during Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Manchester United on January 22nd, Gabriel Jesus told former UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov that he would be back in around “4-5 weeks.”
Gabriel Jesus, in conversation with UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov at the match yesterday, saying he’s hoping to be back playing in the next “four or five weeks”. 👀 [@AhmedJaward3] #afc pic.twitter.com/lz0T1uQsdi
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) January 23, 2023
With that being said January 22nd, Jesus’ injury rehab is in the middle of its fourth week, pushing its fifth. Leicester City awaits the Gunners with a trip to King Power stadium on February 25th. Some Arsenal fans are speculating that Jesus will be in the squad.
However, with a long-term injury and Mikel Arteta’s approach to injuries with Arsenal, it’s likely the club will play the long and safe road. The possibilities of Jesus being in the squad against the Foxes are slim, but not none.
However even if he isn’t in the squad this weekend Arsenal face Everton on the 1st March & AFC Bournemouth on the 4th March which could very well be a more realistic game for Gabriel Jesus to make his comeback in. Whenever it is, it’s certainly getting closer.
Not long now…