Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus retires from the Brazilian side due to injury

Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus faces a spell on the bench after retiring from the upcoming Brazil team with injury.

The Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) has confirmed that the striker has reported an issue after playing the season opener Premier League at Wolves on Monday.

The news is a blow to City, who currently lack record scorer Sergio Aguero, as well as a host of other players.

A CBF statement reads: “On Wednesday (23 September), the English team contacted the Brazilian national team doctor, Rodrigo Lasmar, about the athlete’s injury detected after the game against Wolverhampton”.

The statement adds that Jesus, 23, will be replaced in the Brazil squad by Hertha Berlin striker Matheus Cunha for the next national teams against Bolivia and Peru.

Jesus, who played full 90 minutes at Molineux and scored in the 3-1 win, joins a growing injury list at the Etihad Stadium. Bernardo Silva, Nicolas Otamendi, Joao Cancelo and Oleksandr Zinchenko are all out together with Aguero.

Additionally, Ilkay Gundogan is isolating himself after contracting the coronavirus and defender Aymeric Laporte is unlikely to return after his recent positive test for Covid-19.

The Brazilian’s absence leaves City particularly bright ahead of Sunday’s Premier League game against Leicester.

Speaking after Thursday’s Carabao Cup victory over Bournemouth, City manager Pep Guardiola said: “In the situation we have now, we only have 13 players available in the first team.”

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