Arteta: Jesus won’t be rushed into action

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Arsenal’s Gabriel Jesus will not be rushed back into action after appearing in training with the squad.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta stated on Thursday that former Man city player will not be rushed back into action after the striker returned to training with the team.

Jesus, who has scored five goals and seven assists for Arsenal following his £45 million move from Manchester City in July, has been sidelined since he sustained a knee injury at the World Cup with Brazil last year.

“We will try not to rush him back, we will try to make a fair assessment between what he needs and when is comfortable,” Arteta told reporters on Wednesday, ahead of their match at Sporting CP in the Europa League round of 16 on Thursday.

“Everything is going well, he needs time as well to get himself that confidence and that physical state that is necessary to compete with a free mind and once he’s free to do that, we will throw him in.”

Arteta further stated that midfielder Fabio Vieira had been suffering from a sore throat but would be available to play against Sporting In the Europa League.

Kieran Tierney, Eddie Nketiah and Leandro Trossard were absent from Wednesday’s training, but Arteta revealed that they would be available for the match.

“Let’s see how they evolve. Obviously, we’ve had a few issues in the last few days and I am trying to accommodate everybody and get everyone in the best possible condition for tomorrow,” Arteta said.

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