Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insists he will not bring Gabriel Jesus back into the team despite his return to full training.
Jesus faces a lengthy layoff after suffering a knee injury while on international duty with Brazil – an injury that ruled him out of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The 25-year-old returned to training with Sporting CP ahead of Thursday’s Europa League round of 16 first leg clash, fueling speculation of an early return to the team.
But speaking to the media ahead of the game, Arteta expressed expectations about a possible return date for Jesus and insisted the club will take their time to ensure he fully recovers. Is.
“We’ll try not to bring it back,” the Spaniard said. “We’ll try to find out what he needs and when he’s comfortable, as well as encourage the team to do what he needs in the next few weeks.
“Everything is going well, he just needs time to get the confidence and physical condition that’s necessary to compete with a free mind. Once he’s free to do that, we’ll throw him in. will give
Jesus’ teammate at club and international level, Gabriel Martinelli, was also present at the press conference, and said it would be a huge boost for Arsenal when Jesus returns to action.
“It’s definitely a big one [boost], he’s a great man and a great player,” Martinelli said. “For me he’s one of the best people in the world. This is going to help us a lot in the last few months.
Despite missing their star striker, the Gunners have continued to impress in the Premier League and hold a five-point lead over nearest rivals Manchester City going into the final 12 games of the 2022/23 season.
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