Gabriel Jesus back in contention for Manchester City

Pep Guardiola has revealed Gabriel Jesus could start Manchester City's FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal in a return that would be almost a month earlier than the original prognosis regarding his metatarsal injury.

Jesus needed surgery after fracturing a metatarsal but the Brazilian striker has recovered faster than expected after missing the last two months of action.

"After we will be all together and after dinner we will decide the team and the people on the bench".

Jesus has scored three times in five appearances before his injury, a run of form that dislodged Sergio Agüero from the team.

Pep Guardiola says it would be understandable if Manchester City's owners were not happy with the club's performances in various competitions this season.

"I love football, I love to be on the pitch, I love to train, I'm a hard-working guy and I love this". He decides, he has all Europe in his hands, and he made a decision to come here and join us.

"[He is] much, much better, today he made part of training with us", Guardiola told reporters on Friday.

"That's why we are so happy that hopefully he can help us, along with Sergio [Aguero] and the others before end of season".

John Stones will miss the game with what Guardiola described as a "muscular injury" but the rest of the squad are in good shape as they bid to progress and keep Guardiola's hopes of a trophy in his first season at the Etihad alive. The expectations of the club are as high as possible and are to win all the titles and we were not able to do that. "Maybe he come back for [Manchester] United [on Thursday], but I don't know".

Guardiola arrived at City having won at least one trophy each season in four spectacular years at Barcelona and three years at Bayern Munich.

City are fourth in the Premier League, 11 points behind leaders Chelsea, while they exited the Champions League to Monaco at the last-16 stage.

"So if they are not happy, I can completely understand".

"I am so happy he joined us here but then he could only play two or three weeks so that is why I am so happy". And we could have done better in terms of the results and even in the way we played because we wanted to be in title the race and Champions League until the end.

He said: "We want the FA Cup to put in my players' heads how good they are".

"Titles help to win confidence, that the club is good enough to do great things". You win a title or a final, it's a lot of stress, a lot of pressure.

"That's why it's important for the future of the club". "My season was good". I am so happy he joined us here.

  • Julie Sanders