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Jesus' season may be over, admits Guardiola

By Andy Hampson

Pep Guardiola does not know if Gabriel Jesus will play for Manchester City again this season.

Brazil striker Jesus has undergone surgery to repair a broken bone in his foot and could be sidelined for up to three months.

The 19-year-old has made a big impact since joining City in January but fractured a metatarsal during Monday's Premier League victory at Bournemouth.

He is now in Barcelona, where he has been treated by renowned surgeon Dr Ramon Cugat.

Guardiola said: "He had an operation. It was good, really good.

"Now it is important he makes a good recovery. He'll come back when he is fit, I don't know, at the end of the season or next season."

Asked if there was a chance Jesus could play again this season, Guardiola said: "I don't know. People say between two and three months."

Jesus' absence is expected to mean top scorer Sergio Aguero will be back leading the line.

The prolific Argentinian has started the last three games on the bench while Jesus has taken his chance.

That has sparked fresh speculation over the long-term future of Aguero but, speaking ahead of today's FA Cup fifth-round tie at Huddersfield, Guardiola said: "When Sergio was in the team, in the last minute against Swansea or the last game in Bournemouth, he came in and played well.

"I don't have doubts about his quality - that was always there - or his behaviour in the team."

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