January 2, 2018 / 12:54 AM / 22 days ago

Manchester City forward Jesus has knee ligament damage

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Manchester City’s Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus suffered knee ligament damage in Sunday’s 0-0 Premier League draw at Crystal Palace, the Premier League leaders said on Monday.

City said on their website that Jesus had “suffered a medial collateral ligament injury” and will have further examinations this week to establish the extent of his lay-off.

City manager Pep Guardiola said immediately after the match that Jesus would “be out for a little bit more than one month.”

Soccer Football - Premier League - Crystal Palace vs Manchester City - Selhurst Park, London, Britain - December 31, 2017 Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus lies injured and receives medical attention REUTERS/David Klein

The 20-year-old forward left the Selhurst Park pitch in tears after landing awkwardly during the first half and had to be consoled by his club’s medical staff.

“Today I went through an image exam on my left knee that diagnosed a small medial collateral ligament injury,” Jesus wrote on Instagram on Monday.

“Thank God it is not very bad and I won’t have to go through any surgery procedure. Promise to be back as soon as possible.”

City are 12 points clear at the top of the table before facing mid-table Watford at home on Tuesday.

Writing by Ken Ferris; Editing by Greg Stutchbury

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