Injury updates arrive for both Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus
Pep Guardiola has received some good news in terms of an injury update on arguably his most important player.
On Sunday, Kevin De Bruyne left the Selhurst Park pitch on a stretcher after a dreadful challenge from Jason Puncheon and it was believed that the Manchester City playmaker was set for an extended spell on the sidelines.
But, according to a report in the Times, De Bruyne actually sustained no more than a heavy knock against Crystal Palace and while he will be rested for City's Premier League clash with Watford on Tuesday night, the Belgian will be available for selection as early as this weekend.
De Bruyne may not be risked in the FA Cup meeting with Burnley on Saturday afternoon but it's understood that the 26-year-old should be back in the side by next week.
There is less positive news on the status of City's Gabriel Jesus, who couldn't fight back the tears when he was withdrawn after less than 25 minutes after picking up a knee injury against Palace.
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Hoje fiz um exame no joelho esquerdo que diagnosticou uma pequena lesão no ligamento colateral medial! Graças a Deus não é uma lesão muito séria e não preciso passar por nenhum procedimento cirúrgico. Volto o mais rápido possivel! Obrigado por todas as mensagens de apoio e pensamento positivo! Feliz ano novo! 2018 promete!!! 🙌🏼🙏🏼 ——————— Today I went through an image exam on my left knee that diagnosed a small medial colateral ligament injury! Thanks god it is not very bad and I won’t have to go through any surgery procedure. Promise to be back as soon as possible! Thanks for all the fans support and positive thoughts! Happy new year! 2018 is going to be my year!
Jesus is delighted that he will not have to go undergo surgery but the Brazil international is expected to be out of action for at least a month.
"Manchester City can confirm Gabriel Jesus suffered a medial collateral ligament injury during the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace on Sunday," a club statement confirmed on Monday.
"He will undergo further examinations in the coming days to establish the extent of his lay-off.
"We wish Gabriel a speedy recovery and we will keep you updated on his progress via the club's official channels."