Arsenal vs Manchester City: Gabriel Jesus in line to make shock return at Wembley

Tony Mogan
Gabriel Jesus

Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus could be ready to return from injury against Arsenal in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final showdown at Wembley.

After linking up with his new club in January, Jesus exploded into life at his new club with a thrilling cameo off the bench against Tottenham Hospur. He would score three times in his next three games for Pep Guardiola's side before his rapid progress was halted by a broken metatarsal suffered in a match against Bournemouth at the start of February.

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It was feared the Brazil international would miss the remainder of the 2016-17 season with Guardiola suggesting earlier in April the forward wouldn't be ready in time for the clash against Arsenal.

But the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss struck a much more optimistic note when addressing the media on Friday.

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"(He's) much, much better, today he made part of training with us. He's is coming back with his happiness, and we are so happy. We are going to travel, all the group, to Wembley, he will be part of that and after that we'll see."

"The impact of Gabriel is shown by how difficult it is to come to the Premier League and have the effect he did.

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"Against Tottenham, Swansea (you can see his impact). He had all Europe in his hands and he decided to come here, we cannot forget that. That's why we are so happy that hopefully he can help us, along with Sergio and the others before end of season."

City however have confirmed John Stones will not make the trip south due to a muscular injury which also leaves him doubtful for Thursday's derby clash with Manchester United.

City, who sit on fourth place, are currently four points ahead of their neighbours who sit a place below in fifth. United could move to within a point of Guardiola's side if they can beat Burnley on Sunday, leaving the derby to potentially decide which of the two Manchester clubs qualifies for next season's Champions League.

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