Manchester City's electrifying Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus was substituted in the 90th minute of his country's 1-0 loss to Argentina in a 'friendly' on Friday night, and it has since emerged that the injury which called an end to his night is worse than first thought.
Infelizmente não vou participar do próximo jogo !
Sofri uma leve fratura no rosto e deve passar por cirurgia logo !
Obrigado pelo apoio!
— Gabriel Jesus (@gabrieljesus33) June 10, 2017
Unfortunately I'm not going to participate in the next match.
I suffered a slight fracture on the face and must undergo surgery soon!
Thanks for the support!
The Brazilian Football Federation confirmed on Thursday that the youngster suffered a broken eye socket as a result of an elbow from Argentina and Man City centre back Nicolas Otamendi.
Incredibly, the two had a bit of history as in the reverse fixture Fernandinho was needed to intervene and separate them after tempers flared, but that was before Jesus had linked up with his new club. It seems that the grudge was held, as Otamendi's elbow was very much in the 'he knew what he was up to' category.
The slow mo shows the point of his elbow catching Gabriel Jesus right on the eye, and the City striker was in a lot of pain.
That's a bit much, is it not? He wasn't even shown a yellow.
It's going to be interesting when the City players return for pre-season, as they may have to do so without the talents of the Brazilian.
Brazil of course have already qualified for the 2018 World Cup, while Argentina sit in a precarious 5th place in the group.