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Monday 24 September 2018

City boost as Jesus returns

Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus
Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus

Gabriel Jesus has returned to full training with Manchester City as he steps up his recovery from a knee injury.

The Brazil striker has been out since suffering ligament damage in the Premier League leaders' goalless draw at Crystal Palace on New Year's Eve.

There were hopes the 20-year might have been fit to play in Tuesday's Champions League victory at Basel but, although that did not transpire, the player is making progress.

It remains to be seen when Jesus  Manager Pep Guardiola said: "Today he is going to play in part of the session with the group. That's good news. "I don't know when he'll be ready definitely to be with us, with the team, but the first step is (to train)." 

Winger Leroy Sane made a surprise return in the 4-0 victory in Switzerland, just over two weeks after suffering an ankle injury it was thought could rule him out for at least weeks.

Guardiola, though, said Sane was not yet fully fit. City are preparing for Monday night's FA Cup trip to Wigan.

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