MANCHESTER City striker Gabriel Jesus could be sidelined for up two months by an injury sustained in the goalless draw at Crystal Palace.
The Brazilian was substituted with a suspected knee injury in the 23rd minute of the Premier League clash on Sunday and left the field in tears. And manager Pep Guardiola confirmed afterwards there would be no quick return for Jesus.
The City boss told BT Sport: “He will be out for maybe one month or two months.”
City also had Kevin De Bruyne carried off on a stretcher in the closing stages of the match.
Palace’s Jason Puncheon lunged in on De Bruyne and took out the Belgium midfielder who left the pitch on a stretcher, with his right leg in a brace. Guardiola feels stronger action needs to be taken on such deliberate fouls, but stopped short of saying he would approach the Football Association to raise the issue.
“They (the FA) know what they have to do. They must protect the players,” Guardiola said.
“Please, referees, they have to protect players. We were lucky against Tottenham and against Newcastle. Today we were not lucky.
“Referees have to protect. We know how strong physically it is England but teams miss big players, not just Manchester City.” Guardiola was unable to give a timescale of how long De Bruyne might be sidelined for but said he would be assessed on Monday ahead of the league game against Watford.
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