Arsenal have received a major boost during this international window with the news that star forward Gabriel Jesus has returned to full training with the Brazilian national team ahead of their 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Columbia and Argentina.
Jesus has been sidelined since October 14 due to a hamstring issue, but was spotted training with the Brazilian squad, marking his potential return to action.
Despite concerns surrounding his fitness, Jesus was called up to the Brazilian squad and is anticipated to regain full fitness in time for the upcoming Brentford clash following the two-week hiatus. While his participation in Brazil’s World Cup qualifier against Colombia seems unlikely, there is hope within the Seleção camp of his involvement in the crucial match against Argentina on November 22.
Brazil utilized FIFA regulations to bring Jesus to their training camp near Rio De Janeiro for a firsthand assessment of his condition, highlighting their keenness to ensure the forward’s involvement.
New Brazil national team coach, Fernando Diniz expressed confidence in Jesus’s progress and emphasized the player’s positive impact. He stressed the importance of Jesus’s presence, affirming the player’s proactive approach towards rehabilitation and the meticulousness of their approach in overseeing his recovery process, aiming for his potential availability against Argentina.
🚨Big boost for Mikel Arteta and Arsenal as Gabriel Jesus returned to first-team training with Brazil today.
He’s not expected to feature against Colombia tonight, but could play a part against Argentina on Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/suqbTVEJ2k
— now.arsenal (@now_arsenaI) November 15, 2023
“My concern is with Gabriel. We brought him here for some reasons and that it was important to him. He was one of the players, who even when we played a match below our standards against Uruguay, managed to make a positive impact in the game. It was a very difficult game but he got there and played well. He helped us sustain our position and create difficulty, sometimes even individually.
“I trust the player and he being here, I take satisfaction. He didn’t come here without planning. He said he was feeling good and already doing certain things. When I talked to him he had two more weeks left. We thought it interesting to risk bringing him here. He is in good condition. We are doing things with great care.
“As soon as he arrived, he had a new MRI. We are treating him very carefully. If he does not have a condition, he will be available against Argentina. For Gabriel, it was very important for him to come here and he will return to Arsenal even better than when he got here.”