Arsenal handed huge injury boost as star player's expected return date revealed
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Arsenal have been handed a major injury boost with the return timeframe of star striker Gabriel Jesus now revealed, according to a new report.
The Brazilian forward was one of the Gunners' key players during the first half of the 2022/23 season, helping them to top the Premier League prior to the World Cup break.
Jesus was selected in Tite's squad to travel to Qatar, although was not an automatic starter at the beginning of the group stage.
He was named in the starting XI to take on Cameroon in the final group match on December 2, with Brazil already through to the knockouts. However, the 25-year-old picked up a knee injury that required surgery, and has not played since.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has been cautious with Jesus's recovery, and little has been said about his potential return to action.
But he is now back running, and in a major boost to Arsenal ahead of the Premier League title run-in, the timeframe for his return has been revealed.
Arsenal star Jesus injury return revealed
According to football.london reporter Kaya Kaynak, Arsenal are hopeful of having Jesus back in their squad before the upcoming international break.
The break begins on March 20, meaning Jesus could be just three weeks away from making his return to aid the Gunners' Premier League title push.
Arteta's side face a total of six games before then, however, with two Europa League clashes against Sporting and four Premier League fixtures on the horizon.
That means the Gunners will still be without the forward for a little while longer.
They take on Crystal Palace in the Premier League on March 19, which could be the game in which Jesus does make his comeback.
An earlier return could see him face Sporting at the Emirates Stadium on March 16, whilst football.london claim it is unlikely that Jesus will be in the squad for the side's next two Premier League games, against Everton and Bournemouth.
The Brazilian scored five goals and provided five assists in 14 league appearances prior to his injury, and his return will come as a welcome relief as the Gunners look to hold on to, or extend, their two-point lead at the top of the table.
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