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Gabriel Jesus back in contention for Manchester City

Brazil international could face Arsenal after being sidelined since breaking a bone in his foot in February.

FOOTBALL 21/04/17 15:46
Gabriel Jesus back in contention for Manchester City

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus is back in contention for Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal at Wembley but defender John Stones is out.

Brazil international Jesus has been sidelined since breaking a bone in his foot in February but returned to training earlier this month.

Stones has failed to recover from the muscle injury that ruled him out of last week’s game at Southampton and he could also be doubtful for next Thursday’s derby against Manchester United.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (left) and Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus after the final whistle during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, left, and Gabriel Jesus (Martin Rickett/PA)

Jesus, 20, made a big impact after joining City from Palmeiras in January, hitting three goals in five appearances and briefly displacing top scorer Sergio Aguero from the team.

He has missed the last 12 games after breaking a metatarsal in City’s victory at Bournemouth on February 13.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, manager Pep Guardiola said: “He is really much better.

“Today he will make part of the training with us and he is coming back with his happiness. We are so happy he is coming back again.”

Asked if he had ruled out starting with Jesus, Guardiola said: “No.”

England centre-back Stones missed the 3-0 Premier League win at Southampton last Saturday after pulling up injured in training.

Guardiola has said the problem is not overly serious but he could miss both key games in the coming week.

The rearranged derby against United could be important in the battle for Champions League qualification.

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