Gabriel Jesus has been ruled out for at least three weeks after the Brazil Football Federation revealed it had been informed by Manchester City that the striker suffered an injury in Monday’s win at Wolves.
The CBF stated that Jesus would not be fit for the internationals against Bolivia and Peru on the 9 and 13 October. The absence of Jesus means Guardiola will have no first-choice striker for at least three matches – the Premier League meetings with Leicester and Leeds and a Carabao Cup tie with Burnley – because Sergio Agüero’s knee injury needs up to another seven weeks of recovery.
The CBF said: “[On] Wednesday the English team contacted the doctor of the Brazilian national team, Rodrigo Lasmar, reporting the athlete’s injury detected after the game against Wolverhampton on Monday.”On Friday evening Jesus tweeted: “I’ll be back soon”.
The 17-year-old Liam Delap is City’s only other recognised striker with first-team experience, so Pep Guardiola may have to deploy a false No 9, with Raheem Sterling having previously operated in the role.