Gabriel Jesus: Manchester City striker out for 'one or two months'

Toni Houston
January 2, 2018

Palace became only the second team to take points off City in the league this season, halting their winning streak at 18 games, and travel to 13th-placed Southampton on Tuesday but face a tough task with a stretched squad.

City leads the Premier League by 14 points after 21 of 38 rounds.

Guardiola has additionally made mention of the injuries of Gabriel Jesus and De Bruyne, as well as the need for more protection by the referees.

Afterwards Pep Guardiola said: "Gabriel Jesus is injured, he will be out for maybe one month or two months". Sometimes you ask for that but I have a lot of things in my mind.

And while Palace were unable to carve out many clear chances at the other end, Wilfried Zaha was a constant threat down the Palace left, frequently getting the better of City right-back Kyle Walker.

Moments after the penalty - contentiously awarded after Wilfried Zaha fell easily under a challenge from Raheem Sterling - came a robust foul on De Bruyne by Jason Puncheon as City launched a counterattack. Guardiola said Sunday it was too soon to know how serious De Bruyne's injury was, but he estimated that Jesus most likely would be sidelined "more than a month".

City attempted to sign Sanchez, whose contract expires at the season's end and who Guardiola once signed for Barcelona, during the summer transfer window.

Gabriel Jesus: Manchester City striker out for 'one or two months'

"He is a player from Arsenal and I think he is going to stay at Arsenal".

But dropping points for the first time since August - and failing to score in a league game for the first time since January - might be the least of City's worries.

But the inevitable focus on the consequences of Sunday's match for City could not diminish the achievement for its opponent.

Belgium global De Bruyne, who has been instrumental to City's success this season, suffered the injury after a foul by Palace's Jason Puncheon in stoppage time at Selhurst Park and left the pitch on a stretcher, with his right leg in a brace.

Palace, which lost its first seven league matches this season without scoring a goal, has only recently climbed out of the relegation zone. "But my feeling now is that he's an Arsenal player and he will be".

"I am not thinking to be unbeaten", said Guardiola afterwards.

Guardiola also spoke about the game that ended his record with City and the performance of his goalkeeper, Ederson.


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