Gabriel Jesus ‘is ruled out of the World Cup – and will also miss Arsenal’s festive fixtures as he needs a month to recover’ with a knee injury, reports in Brazil reveal… with Alex Telles also out
Brazil received a double whammy with the striker Gabriel Jesus and left-back Alex Telles ruled out for the remainder of the World Cup.
The five-time world champions face South Korea in their round of 16 on Monday but will now be missing two other key men.
Arsenal striker Jesus is expected to need a month on the sidelines to recover from a right knee injury.
Brazil and Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus is reportedly out for a month with a knee injury
Jesus rests his leg on the bench while carrying an ice pack after facing Cameroon
Alex Telles left the pitch in considerable distress and unease as Cameroon lost
This means Jesus will miss the rest of Brazil’s World Cup campaign and also part of Arsenal’s festive schedule while he recovers.
He was replaced by Pedro during the second half of Friday night’s last group game against Cameroon and was pictured with an ice pack strapped to his knee on the bench.
If Jesus doesn’t recover, he could miss Arsenal’s Boxing Day home game against West Ham and their trip to Brighton on New Year’s Eve. They then host Newcastle United on January 3.
Telles suffered from a more serious knee problem and left the pitch in tears in Brazil’s 1-0 loss to Cameroon on Friday night.
He was replaced by Marquinhos after 54 minutes and looked distraught as he left the pitch.
Neymar, who is also injured, checks on Gabriel Jesus after Friday’s game
Jesus collides with Cameroon goalkeeper Devis Epassi in Friday night’s group game
It just adds to The growing injury crisis in Brazil before the round of 16. Neymar has missed the last two games with an ankle ligament injury.
And Telles’ injury could leave them without a recognized left-back given that Alex Sandro is also on the injured list. Right-back Danilo also has a problem.
Neymar and Sandro are yet to return to full training and Brazil team doctor Dr Rodrigo Lasmar said he was unsure whether they would be fit for the game against South Korea .
According to Globo, Dr Lasmar said: ‘As far as Neymar and Alex Sandro are concerned, we still have 72 hours for the next game, we will rely on time in our favour. We still have possibilities and we will wait how this transition will be.
‘They haven’t started the work on the pitch with the ball yet, it will be done [Saturday], and it is important to observe how they will react to this new stimulus. Depending on that, they may or may not be able to.
Alex Telles was taken off with a knee problem in Brazil’s loss to Cameroon on Friday
Brazil face Round of 16 without left-back as Alex Sancho recovers from hip problem
Neymar has missed Brazil’s last two games with an ankle ligament injury and may not return
Danilo is more likely to return to Tite’s side, having shown better improvements in recent days, and returning to intense training with the ball.
Dr Lasmar said: “Danilo has shown a very positive and satisfying development. He did intense work on the pitch, already with the ball, in a very positive functional adaptation.
“He is expected to train normally with the group, we will observe how he feels.” Running well, I expect him to be available in the next game.