Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus will not require surgery on a fractured eye socket inflicted by club team-mate Nicolas Otamendi in an international friendly on Friday.
The Brazil international was caught by the arm of Otamendi during their 1-0 defeat to Argentina in Melbourne, and it was feared he would need an operation to repair the damage.
However, the 20-year-old, who missed two months of the season with a broken metatarsal soon after his arrival in January, has dispelled those concerns and should be ready for the start of pre-season in July.
„I did a facial resonance, several exams and I have good news! My recovery is going very well and I won’t need surgery,“ he wrote on Facebook.
„In 15 days I will be reassessed but all signs show that I will be back within three weeks!
„Thanks a lot to everyone that sent me messages, who supported me, sent positive vibes and prayed for me.
„Thank you to Dr Jorge Pagura, Dr Claudio Lotemberg and Dr Sergio Miranda, for the treatment and attention.“
Wednesday saw the release of the 2017/18 Premier League fixtures and Manchester City fans discovered their destination for the first game of the season on August 12th.
City will be kicking off their Premier League campaign with a trip to new-boys Brighton, in what will be their first trip to the Amex Stadium.