Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says Gabriel Jesus’ recovery from knee surgery is going well, but a return is still ‘a bit far’ away.
After suffering an injury while on World Cup duty in Qatar, the Brazilian international underwent knee surgery in December.
Arsenal has always been reluctant to put a timetable on his return, but recent social media posts from the forward, which show him throwing away his crutches and knee brace, have raised hopes among fans that he will be back soon.
Arteta, on the other hand, has tempered those expectations, implying that the 25-year-old still has a long way to go in his recovery.
“He’s making great progress,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “He’s working really hard, he’s on track in terms of the time we set for him, but he’s still a little behind.”
Arsenal’s need to bolster their attacking options this month has been exacerbated by Jesus’ continued absence, and they are now closing in on a deal for Shakhtar Donetsk star Mykhailo Mudryk.
“You know we can’t talk about any other players,” Arteta said when asked about Mudryk. “There is some interest in what we would like to do to improve the team because we are short in certain areas and have picked up injuries. We are attempting to do so as a club. We are attempting to improve in all areas.”