Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus has resumed full training after returning from a knee injury that he sustained during the 2022 World Cup.
He picked up the injury during Brazil’s match against Cameroon and hasn’t played a single minute for the club that season. With Trossard and Nketiah suffering injuries as well, Arsenal have been given a big boost with his return to full training.
Before the match against Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League, manager Mikel Arteta said:
“We will try not to rush him back. We will try to make a fair assessment between what he needs and when he’s comfortable.”
Everything is going well. He needs time to get himself into that confident and physical state that is necessary to compete with a free mind. And when he’s free to do that, we will throw him in.”
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Jesus did not travel to Portugal for the game but there is optimism that his long-awaited return is just around the corner.
Before his injury, Arsenal had a five-point lead over Manchester City in the Premier League. The difference has been maintained but The Gunners have struggled to extend it without their star man.
The club will be hoping to get him to full fitness before the pivotal games that could define their season; playing Liverpool and Anfield and City at the Etihad Stadium.