Manchester City’s Brazilian goal-scoring sensation Gabriel Jesus has broken his foot, the club said on Tuesday, sparking fears he may miss the rest of the season.
Pep Guardiola’s worst fears were realised on Tuesday when scans confirmed that Jesus broke a metatarsal bone in his right foot during the first half of City’s 2-0 win away to Bournemouth in the Premier League on Monday night.
City said in a statement: “He will undergo further examinations in the coming days to establish the extent of his layoff.”
The Brazil international, who completed a £27m from Palmeiras in January, has played five times for City.
Jesus was hoping to become the third City player to find the net on each of his first three Premier League starts, having scored at West Ham and two against Swansea.
The other two players to have achieved that feat are former striker Emmanuel Adebayor and and current midfielder Kevin de Bruyne.
Jesus was substituted in the 15th minute after landing heavily on his right ankle as he attempted to reach a cross. He was photographed on Tuesday looking solemn as he walked on crutches wearing a large grey protective boot that reached as high as his knee. Jesus was also seen being dropped off in Manchester by Fernandinho, his City and Brazil team-mate