The Athletic journalist David Ornstein says he expects Gabriel Jesus to start against Leeds on Sunday afternoon.
After suffering a head injury following a challenge with Kostas Tsimikas in the 3-2 win versus Liverpool last weekend, the Brazilian was not named in the squad for the Europa League clash against Bodo/Glimt. There have been questions over whether he will be fit to play this weekend but Ornstein says the striker will likely be in the starting lineup at Elland Road:
“I would imagine that he’ll be starting at Elland Road on Sunday. He’s a very durable player, he doesn’t get tonnes of injuries, Gabriel Jesus, and he goes into some pretty meaty challenges!”
It has been reported that Jesus is not in concussion protocol so the 25-year-old is eligible to play, but it was a surprise when manager Mikel Arteta confirmed his absence before the game on Thursday.
The forward has been named on the bench for the last two Europa League group matches so it was expected that he would be among the substitutes in Norway. Arteta hinted that the player needed a rest, though, so fans will be hoping that’s all there is to it.