It’s been a summer of niggling injuries for Arsenal so far.
The likes of Declan Rice and Martin Odegaard have missed contests with minor knocks, while an injury to Folarin Balogun has limited his minutes in pre-season. A calf issue means we haven’t seen Oleksandr Zinchenko in action since the end of 2022/23, also.
Gabriel Jesus has since been added to the injury list after undergoing what Mikel Arteta described as a “little procedure” ahead of Arsenal’s Emirates Cup clash with AS Monaco on Wednesday. It was revealed ahead of kick-off that Jesus would be absent, but we didn’t expect a lengthy layoff.
However, Arteta confirmed after his side’s penalty shootout victory that his leading striker would miss the start of the season as a result of his injury. So, what games could he miss?
Which games is Gabriel Jesus expected to miss with knee injury?
The club will hope that the latest surgery undergone by Jesus will completely eradicate the problem in his right knee. Jesus, of course, missed months of his debut season after sustaining the issue at the 2022 World Cup.
His latest setback is related to his previous knock, and Arsenal are set to be cautious regarding a timescale for his return.
While Arteta was quite coy and merely said Jesus would be out for a few weeks, there’s been speculation that the Brazilian will be absent for six weeks. As a result, he’ll at least miss the first month of the 2023/24 campaign.
The striker will be out for the Gunners’ Premier League clashes against Nottingham Forest, Crystal Palace, Fulham and Man Utd. Arsenal then return from the September international break with a clash against Everton on 16 September. Could that be a potential return date?
The club must not rush him back, but a home North London Derby on 24 September will undoubtedly tempt Arteta and company if Jesus is close to full fitness by then.
Arsenal’s Champions League campaign also kicks off on 19 or 20 September.