Gabriel Jesus ‘is RULED OUT of the World Cup – and will also miss Arsenal’s festive fixtures as he takes a month to recover’ because of a knee injury, reports in Brazil reveal… with Alex Telles also out
Brazil have been dealt a double injury blow with striker Gabriel Jesus and left-back Alex Telles ruled out for the rest of the World Cup.
The five-time world champions take on South Korea in their last-16 fixture on Monday but will now be missing two more key men.
Arsenal forward Jesus looks likely to need a month on the sidelines to get over an injury to his right knee.
Manchester United defender Telles, who is on loan at Sevilla, may need surgery on his knee issue and is expected to be out for longer, according to Brazilian news outlet Globo.
Brazil and Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus will reportedly be out for a month with a knee injury
Jesus rests his leg on the bench while wearing an ice pack after coming off against Cameroon
Alex Telles left the pitch in considerable distress and discomfort during the Cameroon defeat
It means that Jesus will miss the rest of Brazil’s World Cup campaign and also some of Arsenal’s festive fixture schedule as he recovers.
He was replaced by Pedro during the second-half of Friday night’s final group game against Cameroon and was pictured with an ice pack strapped to his knee on the bench.
If Jesus doesn’t recover, he may miss Arsenal’s home Boxing Day fixture against West Ham and their trip to Brighton on New Year’s Eve. They then host Newcastle United on January 3.
Telles has suffered a more serious knee problem and he left the field in tears during Brazil’s 1-0 defeat by Cameroon on Friday night.
He was replaced by Marquinhos after 54 minutes and looked distraught as he left the pitch.
Neymar, who is also currently out with injury, checks up on Gabriel Jesus after Friday’s game
Jesus collides with Cameroon goalkeeper Devis Epassy during Friday night’s group game
It only adds to Brazil’s mounting injury crisis ahead of the knockout rounds. Neymar has missed the last two games with ankle ligament damage.
And the injury to Telles could leave them without a recognised left-back given that Alex Sandro is also on the injury list. Right-back Danilo also has a problem.
Neymar and Sandro have yet to resume full training and Brazil team doctor Dr Rodrigo Lasmar said it was uncertain whether they’d be fit for the South Korea game.
According to Globo, Dr. Lasmar said: ‘With regard to Neymar and Alex Sandro, we still have 72 hours for the next game, we will count on time in our favour. We have still possibilities and we will wait for how this transition will be.
‘They have not yet started the work on the field with the ball, this will be done [Saturday], and it is important to observe how they will respond to this new stimulus. Depending on this, they may or may not be able to.’
Alex Telles was taken off with a knee problem during Brazil’s defeat by Cameroon on Friday
Brazil face the knockout stages without a left-back as Alex Sancho recovers from hip problem
Neymar has missed Brazil’s last two matches with ankle ligament damage, and may not return
Danilo is more likely to return to Tite’s squad, having shown better improvements in recent days, and gone back to intense training with the ball.
Dr. Lasmar said: ‘Danilo has been showing a very positive and satisfactory evolution. He did an intense work on the pitch, already with ball, in a very positive functional adaptation.
‘The expectation is that he does the training normally with the group, we will observe how he will feel. Running all right, expectation is great for him to be available in the next game.’
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