Manchester City could be without Gabriel Jesus for three weeks due to injury, with Pep Guardiola (pictured) left pondering whether to throw teenager Liam Delap into his team.
With Sergio Aguero currently sidelined with a knee injury, the Brazilian had been expected to lead the line in the early part of the season. But Jesus picked up an unspecified problem in City’s 1-3 win at Wolves on Monday and now looks set to be sidelined until mid-October.
News of the injury came from the Brazil (6/1 World Cup 2022 Outright) Football Confederation, as they revealed the 23-year-old had withdrawn from their national team squad for their upcoming international games against Bolivia and Peru on October 9 and 13.
A statement from the CBF added: “On Wednesday, the English team contacted the doctor of the Brazilian National Team, Rodrigo Lasmar, reporting the player’s injury detected after Monday’s game against Wolverhampton in the Premier League.”
The injury leaves Guardiola with another injury headache, especially up front, as he prepares for Sunday’s big clash with Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium (Match Betting – Man City 3/10, Draw 5/1, Leicester 9/1).
Youngster Delap played the whole 90 minutes of the midweek EFL Cup win over Bournemouth, scoring the opening goal inside the first 20 minutes.
Guardiola is also missing Bernardo Silva, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo and Oleksandr Zinchenko through injury, while the City boss will make a late decision on the fitness of Nicolas Otamendi.
The Spaniard though insists he has no problem throwing more young players into the fray, saying: “If the players are good and have desire and work ethic every day, we’ll give them the chances. That’s why we have the Academy.”