MANCHESTER City manager Pep Guardiola has said he does not know if new signing Gabriel Jesus will play again this season after undergoing surgery on a broken bone in his foot.
Jesus was substituted 15 minutes into City’s 2-0 English Premier League win over Bournemouth on Monday and had surgery to mend his broken metatarsal in Barcelona.
“Last night he had an operation, it was good, really good,” Guardiola told a news conference yesterday, ahead of his team’s trip to second-tier Huddersfield Town in the fifth round of the FA Cup today.
“The most important thing now is a good recovery and he is going back when he will be fit. I don’t know if it will be the end of the season or next season. Now we send all our support to him and his family and wait until he is back.”
Brazil international Jesus made a bright start to his City career since joining from Palmeiras, scoring three goals and keeping the more established Sergio Aguero out of the side.
His injury means Argentina international Aguero will return to spearhead City’s attack after being on the bench for its past few games.
“It’s not easy for the players who do not play,” Guardiola said. “Their behavior has been more than professional, it was perfect, and Sergio, too.
“He showed in the last minutes against Swansea, for example, or in the last game at Bournemouth after the injury to Gabriel where he came in and played good and scored a goal.”