Gabriel Jesus has provided an update on his recovery that will please Arsenal fans as well as the management team.
THE LOWDOWN: ROAD TO RECOVERY
It has been 60 days since the injury to his knee while playing for Brazil against Cameroon in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and just over 50 days since the surgery to correct the injury.
He is not expected back till March but per the doctors’ comments at the time, the injury could heal much faster under certain conditions which would see Jesus return in February.
Those predictions now look to be true as Jesus’ latest update shows him finally taking to the training pitch.
THE LATEST: RECOVERY GOING AS PLANNED
The 25-year-old took to his Instagram stories to upload a boomerang video of him wearing football boots on the club’s training pitch and captioned it, “After eight weeks”.
The update is significant as it shows that he is in the final stages of his recovery and could very well return earlier than expected, just as was predicted.
Arsenal have not missed him in the seven games he has been out for, however, thanks to Eddie Nketiah brilliantly deputizing for him as the club’s tip of their attacking spear.
The former Manchester City man was even sounded a note of warning by club legend Nigel Winterburn thanks to the Englishman’s form for Arsenal in the past seven games.
“Eddie Nketiah has been brilliant since coming into the team, which will mean that Gabriel Jesus will need to earn his place back when he comes back from injury,” Winterburn said.
THE VERDICT: BOOST FOR ARSENAL
Regardless, his return to the team will be a big boost for Arsenal, who were unable to land a striker in the January transfer window.
They are currently five points clear of Manchester City but also have two games against the defending champions on their route to the Premier League title this season.
Their preview game in the FA Cup saw the Cityzens knock them out of the tournament albeit by a narrow 1-0 scoreline, which was only their fourth loss in all competitions this season.
Going by that precedent, they will need to shore up with as many wins in the Premier League before Mikel Arteta comes up against his former boss Pep Guardiola, who has his eyes set on a three-peat of the Premier League title.
Jesus may not make it back in time for the first City game but a February return is the best that Arsenal fans could hope for as they enter into the frantic part of the season.