Gabriel Jesus will play no further part in Brazil’s World Cup campaign after he suffered a knee injury during last night’s defeat against Cameroon.
The 25-year-old made his first start of the competition, deputizing for Tottenham’s Richarlison, but endured a dispiriting evening as his run without a goal for club and country extended to 14 games.
After the game, Jesus complained of feeling pain in his right knee, an area that has caused him considerable trouble in the past.
Jesus underwent medical examinations this morning, after which it has been determined, according to Globo Esporte, that he will not feature again in the tournament.
The former Manchester City forward has had a galvanizing impact on Arsenal’s attack since moving to the Emirates Stadium, and thankfully for Mikel Arteta, his headline summer signing’s absence is unlikely to be long-term.
Arsenal are back in Premier League action on Boxing Day against West Ham, and although that fixture is likely to come too soon for Jesus, he is reported to be targeting a return in early January.
Brazil are also set to be without Manchester United’s Alex Telles, currently on loan at Sevilla, for the knockout stages after he too suffered a knee injury against Cameroon.
Telles’ setback is said to be more serious that Jesus – he left the field of play in tears last night – and is likely to be forced to undergo surgery.
Brazil, meanwhile, continue to sweat on the fitness of Neymar, who hasn’t featured since he suffered an ankle injury in their first game of the tournament against Serbia.