No surgery for Gabriel Jesus after MCL injury

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Gabriel Jesus has missed significant time for Manchester City before, and the Premier League leaders are waiting to find out whether his second injury will keep him out just as long.

Jesus, 20, was led off the pitch in City’s 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace at the weekend with what has been reported as an MCL injury. Pep Guardiola had said City would be looking at 1-2 months out, though the club says he needs further tests to determine the length of his absence.

UPDATE: Jesus issued a statement Monday night saying he will not need surgery.

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With 10 goals and four assists in 27 appearances across all competitions, Jesus has been a key part of City’s fantastic season despite his young age. This after putting up an almost absurd seven goals and five assists in 11 apps last season.

Those figures would’ve been even more wild had Jesus not missed two months with a broken foot last season, returning to score four goals and three assists in his last five PL matches.