Gabriel Jesus Manchester City

The pain is etched on the face of Gabriel Jesus after the Manchester City striker suffered a knee injury during the 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
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Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus faces long absence with knee ligament injury

Striker was hurt at Crystal Palace and left pitch in tears

Scans expected to determine extent of injury in the coming days

The Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus damaged a medial collateral ligament in Sunday’s goalless draw with Crystal Palace, a worse injury than was originally thought. Jesus is expected to face a lengthy period on the sidelines with scans expected to determine the extent of the injury within the coming days, the Premier League leaders announced on Monday evening.

While the full extent of Jesus’ injury has yet to be ascertained, Guardiola had suggested he could be out for “little more than a month”. Mild MCL injuries tend to heal within three to six weeks but more severe injuries could take up to 12 weeks to fully repair.

It is the latest injury blow for Jesus who was forced to sit out for two months shortly after joining City last year with a fractured metatarsal. It comes at a bad time for City with Kevin De Bruyne also facing a spell on the sidelines after being injured following a foul by Jason Puncheon at Selhurst Park.

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