There was plenty of consternation when Brazil called up Gabriel Jesus for this series of international games, as the striker has been out of action since October 24th.
His hamstring issues meant he hadn’t trained properly with Arsenal, but as we know his national side insisted on his presence so they could assess his fitness themselves.
Brazil face Colombia on Friday, and Jesus has already been ruled out of that game. However, there is a chance he could be ready to play some part against Argentina next Wednesday.
Speaking to the media, head coach of the Seleção, Fernando Diniz sounded a relatively reassuring tone about the Arsenal man.
“I talked to Gabriel, and he didn’t come here without planning,” said Diniz.
“He said he is feeling good. We thought it was an interesting risk to bring him here, he is good condition, and we are doing things with great care.
“As soon as he arrived, he had a new MRI scan. We are treating him very carefully, and if he’s in good condition, he can face Argentina.
“If not, I’m sure it was still very important for him to come here, and he’ll return to Arsenal in better shape than when he got here.”
Let’s hope so.