Gabriel Jesus is reportedly set for a spell of up to three months on the sidelines after picking up an injury in Brazil’s loss to Cameroon last week.
The Brazil and Arsenal striker started last Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Cameroon but was substituted in the second half after struggling to impact the game.
According to Sports TV via Sportsmail, Gabriel’s substitution was a result of a niggling knee injury that followed him to the World Cup. According to the report, the striker has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup and could be out until March, dealing an enormous blow to Arsenal and their title hopes.
The 25-year-old who joined Arsenal from Manchester City this summer has been pivotal in the Gunners’ quest for the title this season. His absence will be a big blow for Mikel Arteta, who considers him an integral part of his side.
However, Brazil coach Tite has rubbished claims they knew about the injury to Jesus and still played him, calling the news ‘rubbish’.
Responding to the claims, the Brazil coach said: “Thank you very much for this question because I can’t repeat things out there that are lies.
“These are evil lies, from those who want to do bad things to others. Not at any time here in the national team did we pay the price for victory with the health of an athlete.
“So this liar who is out there…the haters, that’s what they call them, that’s what they call them, right? They keep spreading it around, so they give me the opportunity to talk. Stop spreading fake news and do something else.
“Arsenal has a great medical department. We have a great medical department. We have a personal responsibility. We have personal ethics. It would never happen like this.”