Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus has been ruled out of the World Cup after he suffered an injury to his right knee during the defeat against Cameroon on Friday.
The 25-year-old has struggled with problems in that area during games for Arsenal, but managed to make the tournament in Qatar.
A statement from the Brazilian FA read: “As announced by the Brazilian FA after the game against Cameroon, players Alex Telles and Gabriel Jesus underwent tests on Saturday morning. Accompanied by the Brazilian National Team doctor, Rodrigo Lasmar, they underwent an MRI on the right knee that confirmed the injuries and the impossibility of recovery in time to participate in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
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“The coordinator of the Brazilian National Team, Juninho Paulista, is in contact with the sports directors of Arsenal and Sevilla to define whether Alex Telles and Gabriel Jesus remain with the squad in Doha to continue the treatment or return to their clubs.”
It could be a major blow for Arsenal, who top the Premier League, ahead of the return to domestic action later this month.
Arsenal, meanwhile, return to action on December 26 against West Ham United.