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Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus says no surgery needed on fractured eye socket

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus will not require surgery on a fractured eye socket inflicted by club-mate Nicolas Otamendi last week.

The Brazil international was caught by the arm of the Argentina defender during their friendly in Melbourne on Friday, and the fear was he would need an operation to repair the damage.

However, the 20-year-old, who missed two months of the season with a broken metatarsal soon after his arrival in January, has dispelled those concerns and should be ready for the start of pre-season next month.

"Yesterday I did a facial resonance, several exams and I have good news! My recovery is going very well and I won't need surgery," he wrote on Facebook.

"In 15 days I will be reassessed but all signs show that I will be back within three weeks!

"Thanks a lot to everyone that sent me messages, who supported me, sent positive vibes and prayed for me.

"Thank you to Dr Jorge Pagura, Dr Claudio Lotemberg and Dr Sergio Miranda, for the treatment and attention."

Jesus will be joined for pre-season by new team-mates goalkeeper Ederson and playmaker Bernardo Silva, with more arrivals likely before then as Pep Guardiola continues his restructuring, but chief executive Ferran Soriano has ruled out the club ever signing Lionel Messi.

Cash-rich City have in the past been linked with audacious bids for the Barcelona forward, who flourished under Guardiola at the Nou Camp, but even considering the Argentina international's contract stand-off with his current club Soriano does not believe the 29-year-old is a realistic transfer option.

"No. I don't think so. I know Messi very well. I think he has settled in Barcelona, and he has been in Barcelona all his life," he told Chinese news agency Xinhua.

"Naturally we think he will finish his playing career in Barcelona. At least next year, maybe he can finish that career.

"After that he can go to China or US, but now I think he will stay in Barcelona."

Soriano, however, has not ruled out City expanding their franchise into China.

The City Football Group already has clubs in the United States, with New York City, and Australia, Melbourne City, with minority stakes in teams in Japan and Uruguay.

"Very clearly, Chinese football and the Chinese league is learning from all the leagues in the world and growing very fast," he added.

"I think that China is a good place to invest in football. We have a lot of interest in China and we also have a lot people and resources in helping China developing its football.

"We see China as a land of opportunity for global football. "

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