Gabriel Jesus to undergo knee surgery in blow to Arsenal




Gabriel Jesus - Gabriel Jesus undergoes knee surgery in blow to Arsenal - Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA
Gabriel Jesus - Gabriel Jesus undergoes knee surgery in blow to Arsenal - Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA  

Arsenal have been dealt a major blow with Gabriel Jesus undergoing surgery on his World Cup knee injury and set for a spell on the sidelines.

The 25-year-old forward was injured during his country's Group G defeat to Cameroon, ruling him out of the rest of the competition in Qatar.

Jesus has now successfully undergone surgery to his right knee, with Arsenal saying it is too early to know when he might be available again. It is feared that he could be out of action for up to three months. 

Jesus scored five goals in his first nine games at the club after joining from Manchester City in the summer in a £45 million deal and while the goals have stopped since, he has still played an important role in keeping them top of the Premier League heading into the mid-season break for the World Cup.

In Qatar he has come off the bench in the wins over Serbia and Switzerland before being given a start at Lusail Stadium against Cameroon as qualification to the knockout stages had been sealed.

His injury could force Arsenal into the transfer market in January to reinforce Mikel Arteta's attack to keep pace with the title challengers. Arteta had wanted a wide forward to freshen up his attack and add competition but Jesus has started the majority of his games as centre-forward.

Jesus has been injury-free since his arrival from City, starting in every Premier League game this season and only getting rested for the Europa League and domestic cup matches.  

Brazil coach Tite described suggestions that Jesus was carrying an injury into the Cameroon game as "evil lies".  

"I don't like hearing lies out there, evil lies," he said. "At no time do we play for victory at the risk of a player's peril. The liar who's out there - because that's the name isn't it, the haters, right?

"We are responsible, we are personally responsible, we are ethical and it would never have happened. I didn't want this to happen, it's a shame, we are very sorry for Gabriel."

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