In Summary
  • Jesus was carried off with medial knee ligament damage during the 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace on December 31 and the initial diagnosis was that he faced up to six weeks out, leaving him in a race to be fit by mid-February.
  • Guardiola was reluctant to comment on his chances of signing Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.

MANCHESTER

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus could be back in training within two to three weeks and is set to be fit for next month's Champions League tie against Basel, manager Pep Guardiola said Friday.

Jesus was carried off with medial knee ligament damage during the 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace on December 31 and the initial diagnosis was that he faced up to six weeks out, leaving him in a race to be fit by mid-February.

But the Brazil international, 20, has responded well to a visit to Barcelona this week, to be treated by Ramon Cugat, the surgeon Guardiola regularly turns to when his players are battling serious injuries.

"Yesterday, he was in Barcelona with Dr Cugat, and at the end, the news was quite good," said the City boss, who has been short of striking options since the injury to Jesus.

"When we play Basel in the Champions League, he could be ready. I think, in two or three weeks he'll be ready and with us."

City, who lead the Premier League by a gaping 15 points, play the Swiss side in the first leg of their round-of-16 tie on February 13.

Guardiola was reluctant to comment on his chances of signing Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal during the January transfer window, instead saying that his focus was on maintaining City's fine form when they travel to Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.

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