Gabriel Jesus remains 'far' away from a return to action, says Arteta

Mikel Arteta insists Gabriel Jesus is still ‘far’ away from returning, despite the striker teasing it could be sooner than expected… as the Arsenal boss admits they are ‘trying’ for reinforcements as they close in on Mykhailo Mudryk

  • Gabriel Jesus limped off for Brazil in dead rubber group stage game in December
  • The Brazilian flew back to London and underwent surgery on the knee injury
  • It had been reported that he would be out until the end of February to March
  • Speculation stemming from social media that he could make faster return
  • Mikel Arteta urged caution saying that any return for the Brazilian is ‘far’ away 

Mikel Arteta has warned Arsenal fans that Gabriel Jesus is still ‘far’ away from a return following surgery on his knee.

The Brazilian has been out since suffering the injury during the World Cup last month.

He was initially expected to miss up to three months of action, returning for the Premier League leaders towards the end of February or early March.

Milkel Arteta has revealed that Gabriel Jesus remains ‘far’ away from a return to club action

Recent updates on social media have given Arsenal supporters hope that he could be back before too long. Jesus has shown himself throwing away his crutches and his knee braces.

But ahead of Sunday’s north London derby, Arteta told fans to remain patient over their No 9.

‘I’d like to see him very quickly but I don’t think it’s going to happen. We’re going have to be patient with that one,’ Arteta said.

The Brazilian limped off with a knee injury against Cameroon at the World Cup – later undergoing surgery as a result of the injury

‘It’s a complicated surgery, in any surgery there are always a lot of things were you have to be cautious.

‘He’s a player that’s going to push to be really fast on the pitch… he’s progressing really well, he’s working really hard, he’s in the right place in terms of the time that we set for him, but he’s still a bit far.’

Jesus has helped transform Arsenal’s attack since joining from Manchester City in the summer.

He has regularly posted updates of his rehabilitation and efforts to get back to action as soon as possible

Videos of him being put through his recovery steps have led to encouragement that his return might not be too far away

Eddie Nketiah has proven an able deputy in his absence – scoring four goals since domestic action returned post-Christmas

But his injury has shone a light on Arsenal’s lack of attacking depth.

They are hopeful of adding reinforcement this month, with confidence growing that a deal could be close for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Mykhailo Mudryk.

Arteta would not discuss the Ukraine winger specifically but he did say: ‘There are some interests in what we’d like to do to improve the team because we’re short in certain areas and with injuries that picked. We are trying and as a club we are trying to improve in every window.’

Arsenal can move 14 points ahead of rivals Tottenham with an away victory on Sunday.

‘That’s why we’re here to play these games. It’s one of the biggest games of the season for us. We know how much it means for us on the table and how much it means for our people as well. But we’re going have to focus on playing well and doing what we have to do to win the game,’ Arteta added.

Reports have suggested that Arsenal are close to an agreement for Ukrainian Mykhaylo Mudryk

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