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Gabriel Jesus

Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus has returned to training following the fractured metatarsal he picked up during Manchester City’s Premier League match against Bournemouth, and boss Pep Guardiola believes he is nearing the end of his recovery process

Jesus’ campaign looked to have abruptly ended when he suffered a metatarsal injury during the 2-0 victory over the Cherries on Feb. 13, but it appears he could be back before the end of the season.

Jesus , who turned 20 on Monday, took part in light training on Monday, just seven weeks after fracturing a metatarsal bone in his right foot.

Gabriel, who completed his move to the Etihad in January, has been out of action since picking up the injury early in the 2-0 victory at Bournemouth on Feb. 13, but could be in contention for a place in the FA Cup final if City can get past Arsenal in the semifinals.

The injury brought an end to his excellent start in England that saw him score three times in his first four games, including a last-minute winner in the victory over Swansea City.

His form saw Sergio Aguero relegated to the bench but the Argentina international has started all nine games since Gabriel’s injury, scoring eight goals in that time.