Arsenal ‘Worried’ That Key Player Could Return From International Duty Injured After Latest Twist

Arsenal are ‘worried’ that Brazil will risk Gabriel Jesus’s fitness in the World Cup qualifier against Argentina next week, according to the Daily Mail.

The Gunners wanted the player to stay in England to continue his recovery from a hamstring injury he sustained against Sevilla last month.

However, Brazil boss Fernando Diniz included Jesus in his squad and, due to FIFA rules, the London club were powerless to stop the striker from linking up with his country.

He has already undergone another MRI scan since arriving in South America and he has taken part in light training ahead of Brazil’s first game against Colombia.

Jesus is not expected to play in Barranquilla but there is a chance he will be risked for the Argentina match at the Maracana early on Wednesday morning (GMT).

If he plays, Jesus is unlikely to face Brentford

With there being less than 72 hours between the Argentina game and the Gunners’ next Premier League fixture at the Brentford Community Stadium, there is little to no chance of Jesus being fit to play for his club.

The best that Mikel Arteta’s side can hope is that the 26-year-old doesn’t suffer a recurrence of the hamstring problem, and is available for selection over the festive period.

Who will Arsenal play between now and Christmas?

Including the Brentford game, the Gunners have eight fixtures scheduled before December 25th. They take on Lens at home in the Champions League before the end of November, followed by league matches versus Wolves, Luton Town and Aston Villa.

Their last CL group fixture is against PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands midway through December before they face the likes of Brighton and Liverpool.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.