Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus has been ruled out for the remainder of the World Cup due to a knee injury.
The 25-year-old started Brazil’s final group game against Cameroon on Friday evening but he had to be substituted just after the hour mark during the 1-0 defeat.
Jesus underwent a scan to determine the seriousness of the problem yesterday. The initial estimates for a return date have been set for three to four weeks, meaning a comeback in early January is likely.
That timeline, though, is subject to change if further examination reveals a bigger issue, but it is believed the forward has been carrying the injury for a while.
In terms of the rest of Arsenal’s squad, captain Martin Odegaard picked up an ankle injury playing for Norway in a friendly against Finland last month but he isn’t expected to be out for long.
Emile Smith Rowe, meanwhile, is closing in on a return from groin surgery. The midfielder says he is undergoing rehab but he is hopeful of being back available when the Gunners take on West Ham after Christmas.