Gabriel Jesus has been called up to the Brazil squad and the striker will fly to South America despite missing Arsenal’s previous five games with an injury.
The striker has been nursing a hamstring issue since his match-winning performance against Sevilla in October.
Jesus struggled with knee problems during his debut season, missing three months of 2022/23 after sustaining an ACL injury at the 2022 World Cup. The Brazilian then missed the start of his second season in north London after undergoing minor knee surgery in the summer.
The former Manchester City star dazzled at the start of his Arsenal career, and he’d shown signs of rediscovering his most potent from before suffering his latest injury setback.
Why has Gabriel Jesus been called up to the Brazil squad?
Jesus, who has four goals this season in 625 minutes of competitive action, was initially expected to return to the fold at the start of December. Still, the striker was called up to the Brazil national team for their upcoming qualifiers against Colombia and Argentina.
He’s set to be examined by the national team doctor, Rodrigo Lasmar, and, according to the Daily Mirror’s Ryan Taylor, Brazil hope to have him available for the clash against eternal rivals Argentina on 22 November (BST).
“We have maintained contact with the club’s medical department and the athlete. He is recovering from a muscle injury to the back of his right thigh,” Lasmar said regarding Jesus. “I’ll talk to the doctors and Edu. He did not do any training with the team, is far from returning, and has internal communication between clubs and national teams.”
Arsenal have been cautious with their star striker and surely would’ve preferred Jesus to continue his rehab at London Colney over the break. However, with Richarlison undergoing surgery and ruling himself out of selection this month, Brazil felt it was necessary to pick a half-fit Jesus.
Mikel Arteta will hope to have his striker available when the Gunners travel to Brentford on 25 November.