Man City confirm extent of Gabriel Jesus injury

The striker injured his foot during City's win over Bournemouth last night

Man City confirm extent of Gabriel Jesus injury

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Updated - 16.35

Man City's Premier League title hopes have been dealt a severe blow, after the club confirmed that Gabriel Jesus suffered a fracture during their win over Bournemouth last night.

The Brazilian was withdrawn in the first half of their 2-0 victory and was replaced by Sergio Aguero. The club seemed initially concerned over the nature of his injury and it now appears that Jesus could be facing an extensive stint on the sidelines.

A statement on the club website reads:

"Manchester City can confirm Gabriel Jesus suffered a fractured metatarsal during the 2-0 win over Bournemouth on Monday night."

"The 19-year-old was withdrawn from action after 15 minutes of the game and assessed by the Club’s medical staff."
 
"He will undergo further examinations in the coming days to establish the extent of his layoff.
 
"Jesus has scored three goals in five appearances for City since his move from Palmeiras was rubber-stamped in January and has received widespread praise for the way he has adapted to English football."
 
"We wish Gabriel a speedy recovery and we will keep you updated on his progress via the Club's official channels in the coming days." 
 
The 19-year-old's rise to the starting line-up has effectively displaced resident striker Aguero to the bench and manager Pep Guardiola has admitted he is unsure if the Argentinian will be at the Etihad stadium after this season.

Jesus' form has even drawn praise from fellow country-man Ronaldinho, who says that the young talent has the ability to be the best player in the world.

"At the moment, it is Messi. I have always said I think one day it will be Neymar. But at 19, in the future, it can be Gabriel. He has all the abilities to make that happen."

Goals from Raheem Sterling and Tyrone Mings (own-goal) allowed City to reduce the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea to eight points against Bournemouth last night.