Despite missing Arsenal’s past three Premier League games, Gabriel Jesus may participate in Brazil’s next World Cup qualifier against Argentina.
After missing early games against Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace due to a knee injury, the 26-year-old has only started four of Arsenal’s 12 Premier League games this season.
Jesus sustained a knee injury during the 2022 World Cup that kept him out of action for three months of the previous season. A recurrence of the same issue also kept Jesus out of action for the whole of August.
Nevertheless, Brazil’s manager Fernando Diniz decided that Jesus was well enough to be called up for Brazil’s forthcoming World Cup qualifying matches, despite the fact that he hasn’t been able to play for Arsenal.
Though he won’t be playing against Colombia, Diniz hinted that Jesus may make a comeback against bitter rivals Argentina. Given that manager Mikel Arteta stated earlier this month that the former Manchester City attacker would be sidelined for at least a few weeks due to a hamstring problem, Arsenal might be surprised by Jesus’ appearance.
He told reporters, “Regarding Gabriel, my whole life’s work is not a worry in this sense with Arsenal or the national team. I’m worried about Gabriel. It was important to him that we bring him here for a few reasons. He also participated in a match for us in Uruguay that was below our level, yet he still managed to have a positive effect on the game despite the difficulty of the situation. “
“I talked to Gabriel and he didn’t come here without planning. He said he’s feeling good, he’s already doing certain things, and when I spoke to him we had two more weeks, 10 days at least till the first game [against Colombia] and 15 days ’til the second one [against Argentina]. He is in good condition, we are doing things with great care. As soon as he arrived we made a new MRI we [are] treating him very carefully.
“If he is in the right condition he will be available against Argentina,” Diniz said. “If not for Gabriel I’m sure it was very important for him to come here, and he will return to Arsenal better than when he got here.”