Arsenal forward Gabriel Jesus has posted his latest update on his progress from knee surgery earlier this month.
Jesus limped off for Brazil in their dead-rubber group stage tie with Cameroon at the start of this month with suspected medial ligament damage. The forward returned home to be assessed by Arsenal – with the player and club then left with little choice but to opt for surgery.
With no exact timeframe offered on his return to action by Arsenal upon the announcement he had undergone knee surgery, supporters have been left guessing over when exactly he might play again.
Jesus is quite an avid social media user, however, and has been posting photographs of his progress across his channels. His latest post shows him balancing solely on his right leg – his injured one – while his left is held at a right-angle.
The image – and its caption ‘Working’ followed by two motivational emojis – however, does little to notify supporters of when they might expect Jesus to return to action. Information has been scant in that regard, with conflicting reports over a timeframe over his the all important date.
An initial photograph of him on crutches at the club’s London Colney training ground was followed by a Christmas Day snap of him surrounded by his family in front of a tree – though still donning the dreaded leg brace.
It had been reported that he might be fit again by the end of January, with fears upon him going under the knife that he would not be seen again until March.
As seen with Reece James on Tuesday night, knees are extremely sensitive areas of the body and Arsenal will be reticent to rush him back – irrespective of the situation surrounding the title race.
Despite Jesus’ absence, Arsenal brushed aside West Ham on Monday evening to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points.
Goals from Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and – most encouragingly, perhaps – Eddie Nketiah ensured Arsenal maintained their pre-World Cup form.
Mikel Arteta, meanwhile, has sought positives amid the seemingly grim situation surrounding Jesus’ plight – telling reporters prior to the West Ham meeting that being at the top of the league meant confronting such challenges.
‘If you’re going to be at the top there’s going to be those challenges,’ he said.
Arsenal are known to be in the market for an extra attacking body when the window opens in a matter of days.
They have already seen a bid rejected for Shakhtar Donetsk wide-player Mykhailo Mudryk, while reports have also linked them to other forwards across Europe.
Speaking about Arsenal’s transfer plans in the context of Jesus’ spell on the sidelines, Arteta said: ‘I never gave a date. I said that we don’t know. It’s gonna take some time for sure.
‘He’s gone through surgery and that tells you the extent of the injury, so we will be in the market always active and we will assess the biggest opportunities that we have.’