Jesus’ injury offers Iheanacho lifeline

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By Ayomide Jayeoba

Super Eagles forward, Kelechi Iheanacho’s chances of making a return to the Manchester City first team has received a huge boost following an unfortunate injury sustained by Gabriel Jesus in the 2-0 win over Bournemouth on Monday.

The Brazilian forward could be out for the rest of the season as he is expected to spend the next three months on the sidelines due to the injury. The 19-year-old was subbed out after seeing just 15 minutes of action and tests have now revealed that he broke his metatarsal.

Kelechi Iheanacho had been frozen out of City squad since Jesus made his debut, with manager Pep Guardiola favouring the Brazilian ahead of the Nigeria international and Sergio Aguero whose future with the Citizens remains uncertain after being relegated to the bench.

It is envisaged that the Super Eagles rising star will be included in the 18-man squad for subsequent matches as the Spanish coach is expected to revert to status quo following the injury-enforced absence of Jesus having earlier assured angry fans that Iheanacho still has a role to play in the club’s fight for the title.

Before Jesus made his bow for the Citizens, Iheanacho has made all the matchday squads for domestic competitions this season.

The Nigerian international remains the most prolific striker in the Premier League history as he has the best minutes per goal record in the league after finding the back of the net 12 times from just 19 shots on goal.

Manchester City have now moved up to second place on the log cutting down Chelsea’s lead to eight points with 13 games to go.

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