Manchester City will be without Gabriel Jesus for this weekend’s Premier League fixture against Brighton at the Etihad Stadium.
BBC reported that the Brazil striker remains out injured with a hamstring problem and will not be involved in the match against the Seagulls.
Jesus suffered his hamstring injury in training a week ago and also missed last Sunday’s match at Bournemouth, as reported by The Sun.
The 22-year-old is joined on the treatment table by long-term absentees Benjamin Mendy and Leroy Sane, as noted by BBC, although John Stones could be involved after returning to training this week.
Jesus started both of Manchester City’s first two Premier League games this season and scored in the opening weekend’s 5-0 thrashing of West Ham. That is his only goal this season in 170 minutes of game-time in all competitions.
He had a second goal ruled out in that game for a tight offside call that was given by VAR, the technology’s first intervention in the Premier League. [via Sky Sports]
The Brazil striker had to be content with mainly substitute action last season, coming off the bench in 21 of his 29 Premier League appearances.
Jesus kept Sergio Aguero out of the starting line-up against West Ham but the Argentina striker still came off the bench to score in that game and has added three more since then, taking his tally to four goals in just 177 minutes of action (one per 44.25 minutes).
The 31-year-old started 31 matches in the 2018/19 Premier League and scored 32 goals in 45 games in all competitions (0.71 per game) across 3,370 minutes of on-field action (one goal per 105.31 minutes).
Aguero might already have four goals this season but is not even Manchester City’s top scorer so far in 2019/20. That claim is held by Raheem Sterling, with six goals in 360 minutes of gametime (one every 60 minutes). [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
While Jesus trails those two players in the goalscoring stakes, he is nonetheless the only player other than Aguero or Sterling to have scored for Manchester City in the opening weeks of the season. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
Jesus might not be in prime goalscoring form at the minute, but at least he is off the mark for the season and he showed during 2018/19 that he can be almost as frequent a goalscorer as Aguero when their returns are measured by gametime.
The scintillating form of Aguero and Sterling should enable Manchester City to add to their 10-goal Premier League tally this weekend.
However, the absence of goals from elsewhere in the team will likely leave Pep Guardiola hoping that Jesus will be available for selection once the league resumes following the September international break, especially if either of their two top scorers is injured in the meantime.
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