The striker hasn’t played since October, and although he has yet to return to full training for his club, his national side were insistent he join them to be assessed by their own medical staff.
This afternoon, Simon Collings of the Evening Standard says Jesus has travelled to Brazil, putting Mikel Arteta and Arsenal fans on tenterhooks with regard the player’s fitness.
With games against Colombia and Argentina, and with Richarlison absent due to surgery on his gooch, Brazil are short up front, but it feels like they are taking a risk with the 26 year old.
Head coach Fernando Diniz spoke last week of his decision, saying, “In the last squad, we hadn’t called up Martinelli from Arsenal. He didn’t report to the CBF in a very complete way, so we didn’t imagine that Martinelli would be ready to play against Venezuela and Uruguay, and he was ready to play before our games.
“Because of this too, we’re going to bring Gabriel Jesus in to find out his real condition, because we still have 15 days to go until the games, so we believe he could be fit enough to play, because I like him a lot.”
There is some good news, however, with Martin Odegaard set to miss Norway’s games against Faroe Islands and Scotland. He’ll remain at London Colney, looking to work his way back to full fitness, and hopefully he’ll be rested and fully ready after this Interlull.