Arsenal forward Gabriel Jesus has said he could return to first-team action within the next five weeks.
Jesus injured his knee while playing for Brazil in a group-stage match against Cameroon at the World Cup spirit has since undergone surgery.
The 25-year-old has not featured for Arsenal since their 2-0 victory over Wolves in the Premier League, with striker Eddie Nketiah instead leading the line for Mikel Arteta.
The Brazil international was expected to be out of action until at least March, but in a video with former UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov, which was taken during Arsenal’s 3-2 victory against Manchester United, he claims he could return sooner than previously expected.
He said: “Maybe four or five weeks more I come back.”
Arsenal are refusing to put a timeframe on Jesus’ return but are pleased with the progress he is making in his recovery.
News of a potential return for Jesus will be a boost for Arteta, with Nketiah playing in all of Arsenal’s six matches since club football resumed in December.
Jesus could therefore return for Arsenal in March, with the north London side playing five more league matches until their home fixture against Bournemouth.
Arsenal signed Jesus from Manchester City in the summer transfer window last year for a fee of £45 million.
Jesus began his Arsenal career in fine form, scoring three goals and assisting the same amount in his first five competitive appearances for the club.
Arteta will be preparing his side for their upcoming FA Cup fourth round tie against Manchester City this Friday.
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