Football: Bittersweet result for Manchester City as Gabriel Jesus breaks foot in win

Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus looking distraught after suffering an injury in the 15th minute as team-mate David Silva looks on. City beat Bournemouth 2-0 to go second in the Premier League, eight points behind runaway leaders Chelsea but will likely lo
Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus looking distraught after suffering an injury in the 15th minute as team-mate David Silva looks on. City beat Bournemouth 2-0 to go second in the Premier League, eight points behind runaway leaders Chelsea but will likely lose the Brazilian's services for the season. PHOTO: REUTERS

Their 2-0 win at Bournemouth is tempered by Jesus' injury which could be season-ending

LONDON • New Manchester City starlet Gabriel Jesus is likely to be ruled out for the rest of the season following a foot injury, according to multiple reports in the British media and eurosport yesterday.

The 19-year-old teenage sensation, who joined Pep Guardiola's side from Brazilian club Palmeiras only last month, has made an eye-catching start to his career in the Premier League with three goals in four games.

However, he lasted only 15 minutes in City's 2-0 win at Bournemouth on Monday after landing awkwardly and calling for treatment. He had to be replaced by Sergio Aguero.

The club confirmed he had broken a metatarsal, possibly ruling him out for at least three months and essentially ending his season.

City manager Guardiola will rue the loss of the player but there was good news as well as he watched his resurgent side establish themselves as Chelsea's closest pursuers in the Premier League title race.

However, the Spaniard was still adamant that "the gap is too big" for his team to catch the leaders.

A well-deserved win at Bournemouth's Dean Court, a stadium at which other major contenders like Liverpool have slipped up this season, saw City move from fifth to second, eight points behind Antonio Conte's men.

Despite expressing his delight at seeing how his side are progressing so smoothly now, Guardiola insisted that Chelsea's lead was just too "massive" to be clawed back.

"The gap is too big," he told Sky Sports, after celebrating a goal from Raheem Sterling and another that was credited to an own goal by Bournemouth's Tyrone Mings.

"Yesterday they (Chelsea) didn't win (in a 1-1 draw with Burnley) but they play so solid, it's so difficult to create chances (against them).

"The gap is still massive. It's important for us to focus on our game, and improve our performance. My feeling in the last games is our performances are much, much better."

If City are to make a concerted title push, Aguero demonstrated again that he could yet play a significant part amid speculation that he might leave at the end of the season.

Once Jesus had to be substituted, Aguero - for the third successive match - was called into action from the bench, and had a key role in City's second goal.

Even though Mings was credited with the final touch, the important thing was the Argentinian's sharpness as he latched with alacrity on to Sterling's cross and Guardiola was left thrilled for him.

"He played good, he won, he fight, scored a goal for his confidence and for us, it's so important. I'm so happy for him," said Guardiola.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe can be pleased with the way his side applied themselves but with no wins so far in 2017, it is points they need.

"I can't ask any more of the players in terms of how they conducted themselves tonight," said Howe.

"I thought they (City) were very very good and I have to say my players couldn't have given any more.

"The attitude and the motivation were at a really good level. I think today is a positive step forward."

REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, THE GUARDIAN

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 15, 2017, with the headline 'Bittersweet result for Manchester City'. Print Edition | Subscribe