Arsenal have been very tight-lipped when it comes to putting a timeline on Gabriel Jesus’ return from knee surgery but the player himself says he’s targeting a return by the end of February.
The Brazil international met UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov at the Emirates prior to yesterday’s 3-2 win over Manchester United and in a filmed conversation gave an update to the Russian on his recovery from knee surgery.
“Maybe four or five weeks more, then I come back,” said the striker in a short clip shared on Nurmagomedov’s social media channels.
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
While Jesus hasn’t been part of a matchday squad since the 2-0 win over Wolves in mid-November, Mikel Arteta has said the summer signing continues to play a part in the team’s preparations and has been sharing advice with Eddie Nketiah.
At full time yesterday, Jesus ventured onto the pitch to congratulate his teammates on another stirring victory. Amongst others, bear hugs greeted both Nketiah and close friend Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Jesus has undertaken the majority of his rehab at London Colney and appears to be free of the brace that was required in the immediate aftermath of the surgery he underwent in September.
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In his absence, Arsenal have continued their good form, winning five matches and drawing once. Assuming Jesus doesn’t suffer any setbacks, he’ll miss at least six more matches, including two clashes with former side Manchester City.
If he returns in early March, there will still be 13 Premier League matches remaining and whatever the Europa League and FA Cup (a result on Friday dependent) throws at us.