According to reports in Brazil, including news publication Globo Esporte, Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus suffered a facial fracture in Brazil’s 1-0 friendly loss to Argentina in Melbourne, Australia and has been released from the squad.
The young striker was injured when he was elbowed by club-mate Nicolas Otamendi, which left Jesus momentarily unconscious on the ground. The 20-year-old was taken to the hospital, and despite an initial all-clear, further tests found he had fractured the orbital bone over his left eye. The test results, while worse than initially thought, were also a positive as he had escaped any fracture of his jaw.
With the club season concluded, Jesus will now fly home to Brazil where he will receive treatment and rest. He tweeted Saturday morning, “I am fine.”
Brazil manager Tite has chosen not to replace Jesus on the roster, with only another friendly against Australia on Tuesday on the schedule for the national team until late August.
You can see video of the incident below: