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Arsenal get best-case Gabriel Jesus injury scenario amid double update after squad announcement

Arsenal star Gabriel Jesus may not feature for the remainder of March as Mikel Arteta attempts to ease him back into action. The 26-year-old returned to the matchday squad against Newcastle last weekend but was an unused substitute as the Gunners strode to a 4-1 victory.

Despite the four-week absence of their first-choice striker, Arsenal have been firing in goals for fun with 18 scored in their last four league games. Those have come with both Leandro Trossard and Kai Havertz being used as false nine options which has also seen a return to electric form for Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka.

With Jesus now having another week of training under his belt, a return to match action against Sheffield United on Monday was seen as likely, however Arteta’s recent comments suggest it could still be a number of weeks before he returns. “He’s fit enough,” Arteta admitted, when asked if Jesus could start, in his Friday press conference.

How long he will last that’s something different. We didn’t want to take any risks after the result we had against Newcastle. We need him fit, he’s a massive player for us and now we want to make sure we load him in the right way.”

Given he has been dealt multiple injury problems this season, it is understandable Arteta wants to avoid him suffering any further setbacks ahead of the run-in with Arsenal still in the Champions League and competing for the Premier League title.

If Jesus does not feature against Sheffield United, the following weekend’s clash against Brentford would become his only chance to play in the league during month of March, with Arsenal’s second leg clash against Porto four days later. That is because, despite two weekend’s remaining of the month, Arsenal’s game against Chelsea has been postponed due to the latter’s FA Cup participation with the international break then commencing.

Despite just recovering from an injury, Jesus was included in the Brazil squad back in November, however he has been omitted from the upcoming fixtures for his national team. Tottenham star Richarlison, despite recently being confirmed as injured, has been named, although Ange Postecoglou’s estimated return date could mean he is fit to play by Saturday, March 23 in a friendly against England.

With Jesus unlikely to receive a late call-up, Arsenal and Arteta can work closely with the player over the next few weeks at London Colney to ensure he is fully fit to feature regularly again. Alongside Jesus, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Thomas Partey and Jurrien Timber are all recovering from injuries, however positive updates recently recently emerged on all four.

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