Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus missed the 3-1 win over Bournemouth with a hamstring injury. The club have revealed that the Brazilian international will return after the international break in a few weeks.
John Stones also missed the win against the Cherries due to a thigh problem, but the centre-back should be fit to face Brighton on Saturday.
Benjamin Mendy has been praised by manager Pep Guardiola for his work ethic. The Frenchman has not featured for the first team since the Champions League quarter-final second leg against Tottenham due to a knee injury.
Guardiola says progress is being made, but it is still a long road back for the left-back:
“He has a special quality. The people from the Barcelona [clinic] are telling me that he is working [incredibly hard], like an animal and hopefully, he can maintain that because it is not about one day or one week, it is about every day doing that.”
“These kinds of traumatic injuries are a bit unlucky, one after another. I am happy [with him] but I don’t want to say too much. I am satisfied because it has been two weeks and his recovery after training has been good. He doesn’t feel any pain and that is good.”
City’s only other long-term injury is Leroy Sane. The German winger underwent surgery on his knee in Innsbruck last week. He is expected to return at the end of February but will require lengthy rehabilitation before he makes his comeback.