MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Manchester City Brazil international Gabriel Jesus will be out for at least a month with a muscle injury, Premier League club manager Pep Guardiola said on Saturday.
City are now without their two first-team attackers with Argentine Sergio Aguero also injured and Guardiola only having an inexperienced teenage attacker to aim for.
“Gabriel was injured against Wolves (on Monday) so he will be out for a month. It’s a muscle problem. We don’t have Sergio, we don’t have Gabriel, “said the City coach.
“Of course, we have many options. We have Liam (Delap), Cole Palmer can also play as a striker. We’ll see, ”added Guardiola, whose side visit Burnley in the League Cup fourth round on Wednesday and host Leicester City in the Premier League on Sunday.
In the past, Guardiola has played a ‘false nine’, with Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne used in the position.
City will also miss Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo and Oleksandr Zinchenko until the October international break, while Ilkay Guendogan is self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19.
Defender Aymeric Laporte is a doubt after returning to training due to a virus.
Brazil’s football federation said on Friday that the injury meant Jesus would miss his country’s World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Peru next month.
Reporting by Simon Evans; Edited by Ken Ferris
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