Gabriel Jesus Trains For The First Time Since Returning From Serious Knee Injury As Manchester City Look Ahead To Carabao Cup Final

Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus continues his recovery since returning from his knee injury

Gabriel Jesus continues his recovery since returning from his knee injury that kept him on the sidelines since New Year’s Eve.

The Brazilian striker suffered medial collateral ligament damage during Manchester City’s draw at Crystal Palace but is now ready to make his comeback.

In his absence, Sergio Aguero’s been in fine form and was named January’s Player of the Month.

Pep Guardiola’s side trained on Thursday afternoon ahead of Sunday’s Carabao Cup final with Arsenal.

The current Premier League leaders will be hoping to bounce back against Arsene Wenger’s side following their shock exit from the FA Cup on Monday.

City crashed out following Will Grigg’s late winner, leaving hopes of a possible quadruple in the gutter.

Following the defeat, Guardiola will be happy with Jesus’ return and Sergio Aguero’s recent form as the two will vie for spot in the starting XI.

The 20-year-old forward admitted he was ‘very scared’ for his future as he continued with his rehab over the past couple of months.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Jesus said: ‘At the beginning, it was hard, but after I got used to the situation I convinced myself that all I could do was to recover in the best way possible, to come back well.

‘Of course, in the first few days, it was awful, extremely bad. I was bad. I am thankful that my family were here to help me. They were very important.

‘In the last few days, I am feeling better and I am happier. I am recovering well. I keep going strong and each day recovering a bit more so I can return and be at my best.

‘A lot of bad thoughts go through my mind, especially when it comes to the knee, which is a very sensitive area. I had never felt any pain before in my knees so I was very scared.

‘It was a bad injury. I know they all are but it could have been worse. I am very thankful to God because despite what happened to me, it wasn’t the worst.’

In his absence, Sergio Aguero's been in fine form and was named January's Player of the Month

Ilkay Gundogan (left) and Vincent Kompany (right) watch on during training on Thursday

Kyle Walker volleys the ball during a chilly training session ahead of Sunday's cup final

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