Jesus opens up on injury
Gabriel Jesus picked up an injury during Manchester City’s season opener vs Wolves back in September.
The problem saw the Brazilian sidelined for the Sky Blues’ ensuing 9 fixtures, leaving them fairly light up top.
And though Ferran Torres did a solid job of filling in for Jesus and fellow absentee Sergio Aguero, Pep Guardiola was no doubt thrilled to welcome back a recognised centre-forward to his side’s ranks.
Jesus returned to action last week, coming off the bench to net vs Olympiacos in the Champions League.
The hitman was then in from the off last weekend, netting a spectacular goal to bring City level vs Liverpool:
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Now, after departing for international duty, Jesus has opened on his recent injury struggles, during an interview with Brazilian outlet Globoesporte:
“It was a very complicated injury. At first, I finished the game well, but when the blood cooled, I couldn’t walk properly, it was a kick and then a sprint that I ended up feeling something, but I continued.
“And the next day the doctor asked how I managed to finish the game. I didn’t feel it and then the exams showed. It was a long recovery, because it is a region that bleeds a lot.
“And I was bothered by being stopped, and being cut up made me very upset by the injury. After the Guardiola interview, there was some confusion, I was about to return, but everything was resolved. I came back and I’m fine.”
Mahrez disappointed to be dropped for Liverpool clash
One man who did not feature at all for City vs Liverpool, on the other hand, was Riyad Mahrez.
The winger was completely omitted from the Citizens’ matchday squad, with rotation cited in the media.
Mahrez, though, has since linked up with Algeria for international duty.
And Djamel Belmadi, the country’s manager, has spoken about regarding his star man’s recent City snub, revealing that Mahrez was left ‘disappointed’ by the decision:
“There’s nothing alarming about Mahrez’s situation at Manchester City.
“If you look at the number of games he’s played recently, it’s a fair amount. Pretty much all of them. It’s true we were all awaiting that game against Liverpool. We would have liked to see Riyad play and perform against that kind of opposition.
“Unfortunately, that’s part of the job. To face this kind of situation. Stay strong and not dramatise it.
“Riyad loves football, he would have liked to play that type of game. He’s disappointed. We all were not seeing him, but at the same time, he’s very happy each time to find the national team again.”
Quotes via Manchester Evening News.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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