Jesus relieved to avoid surgery on 'not very bad' MCL injury

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Gabriel Jesus will not require surgery on what the Manchester City star has said is a "small" and "not very bad" medial collateral ligament injury.

The Brazilian youngster overstretched during the first half of City's 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace on Sunday, accidentally doing the splits.

Although he did not need to be taken off on a stretcher, Jesus did limp off the pitch in tears and coach Pep Guardiola said after the match that he could face up to two months out.

City confirmed on Monday that Jesus had suffered MCL damage, but the player took to his official Instagram account soon after to allay fears of a lengthy lay-off.

He wrote: "Today I went through an image exam on my left knee that diagnosed a small medial collateral ligament injury! 

 

Hoje fiz um exame no joelho esquerdo que diagnosticou uma pequena lesão no ligamento colateral medial! Graças a Deus não é uma lesão muito séria e não preciso passar por nenhum procedimento cirúrgico. Volto o mais rápido possivel! Obrigado por todas as mensagens de apoio e pensamento positivo! Feliz ano novo! 2018 promete!!! -------------- Today I went through an image exam on my left knee that diagnosed a small medial colateral ligament injury! Thanks god it is not very bad and I won't have to go through any surgery procedure. Promise to be back as soon as possible! Thanks for all the fans support and positive thoughts! Happy new year! 2018 is going to be my year!

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"Thanks god it is not very bad and I won't have to go through any surgery procedure. Promise to be back as soon as possible! 

"Thanks for all the fans support and positive thoughts! Happy new year! 2018 is going to be my year!"