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Arsenal: How serious is Gabriel Jesus’ knee injury?

Gabriel Jesus at Brazil
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The striker had to leave Brazil’s World Cup camp after suffering a serious knee injury.

Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus will reportedly stay sidelined for “several months” following his knee injury in the World Cup.

Jesus was visibly in pain after Brazil’s defeat against Cameroon on Friday. 

Initial assessments showed he won’t be able to play for Brazil again during the tournament. However, his situation might be worse than initially expected.

According to 90min, the Arsenal star has returned to London to start his rehab process.

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Jesus will reportedly undergo knee surgery, which will sideline him for several months. Damage to Jesus’ medial ligament is confirmed, with Arsenal waiting for further tests to determine its severity.

The Brazil star’s injury is a massive blow to Arsenal’s plans for the second half of the season. Jesus played a crucial part in the Gunners’ rise to the Premier League top spot.

But Mikel Arteta’s side will have to enter the second half of the season without their star striker.

A few English sources have claimed the Gunners are keen to recall Florian Balogun from his loan spell at Stade Reims as they aim to cover for Jesus’ absence.

The 21-year-old found a brilliant start to the new season, scoring eight goals in 15 matches for the Ligue 1 side before the World Cup break.