12 June 2017
Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus says he doesn’t know how long it will take to recover from the fractured eye socket he sustained on international duty with Brazil, but insists the injury is ‘nothing serious’.
Jesus caught an elbow from his club team-mate Nicolas Otamendi late on in Brazil’s 1-0 friendly defeat to Argentina on Friday.
He was taken off on a stretcher and scans later diagnosed a fracture in the bone that protects his left eye.
After arriving back in Brazil on Sunday, Jesus revealed he may require an operation for the fracture but says the injury is nothing to be too concerned about.
“I still do not know (how long it will take). I’ll complete the tests,” Jesus said via 101GreatGoals.
“I still don’t know the gravity, but it’s nothing too serious, nothing to worry about too much.
“If I have to have an operation, I will, and then I’ll rest on vacation to return to Manchester 100 per cent.’
Jesus said that Otamendi sent him a message to make amends after the clash but insists there are no hard feelings between the City team-mates.
“It was a very normal move, it was unintentional. There was no malice on (Otamendi’s) part. He’s a good guy,” Jesus, wearing a plaster underneath his eye socket, added.
“In the locker room Otamendi sent me a message. In the game it’s normal to have these incidents, and it was not wickedness.”
The 20-year-old missed two months of the season with a broken metatarsal suffered in the 2 – 0 victory at Bournemouth back in February.
Since making his City debut in January, Jesus has scored seven times in 11 appearances – he has four goals in six caps for Brazil.