Brazilian sensation Gabriel Jesus has returned to training at Manchester City earlier than expected to boost the club’s trophy hopes this season.
The club revealed this in a statement published on its website.
His return comes at a timely moment for City manager Pep Guardiola, who is desperate to maintain his record of never going trophyless through a season with any club he has managed.
The statement reads: “Gabriel Jesus stepped up his recovery from injury today when he returned to the training field for the first time since February.
“The early prognosis (of the injury) suggesting he could be out until the end of the season.
“He recently began working in the gym in a bid to keep his fitness levels high -– and this afternoon, on his 20th birthday, he returned to the training field just seven weeks after his initial setback.
“And although he didn’t take part in full training, focusing instead on some light ball work, it’s a sight City fans will nonetheless have been pleased to see
“We wish Gabriel well in his continued recovery and hope to see him back in a blue shirt as soon as possible.”
The striker — who joined City in the January transfer window after they paid Palmeiras an initial £27 million ($33 million, 31 million euros) — made a sensational start to his English career with three goals in five matches.