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Man City fear Jesus will be out for long time after breaking bone

By Andy Hampson

Manchester City are waiting to learn how long Gabriel Jesus will be out for after confirming the striker has broken a bone in his foot.

The Brazil international fractured a metatarsal in his right foot early in City's 2-0 Premier League victory at Bournemouth on Monday.

The 19-year-old limped off after just 15 minutes at the Vitality Stadium and, despite manager Pep Guardiola expressing hope the injury was not serious, fears were confirmed following tests yesterday morning.

The forward will undergo further assessment to determine the full extent of the problem but such injuries typically lead to a lay-off of six to eight weeks. Some reports have even claimed he could be sidelined for up to three months. Such a scenario would all but rule Jesus out for the remainder of the season.

A statement from the club read: "Manchester City can confirm Gabriel Jesus suffered a fractured metatarsal during the 2-0 win over Bournemouth on Monday night.

"He will undergo further examinations in the coming days to establish the extent of his lay-off."

Yaya Toure has, meanwhile, insisted that, after four wins in a row, City finally understand the Guardiola way.

"Step by step, and time by time," Toure said after Monday's win, "we are starting to get to what he wants. We are looking forward to the next game, and we have confidence now."

That is how the whole City squad feel. There is a sense at City that something has clicked over the last few games, after too many months of one step forward one step back. The players finally understand Guardiola's concepts. With a fast front three, a clever midfield and a reliable goalkeeper, City look like less of a work in progress than before.

The first signs of this were against Tottenham on January 21, when City were brilliant for most of the game but were pegged back to a 2-2 draw. But they followed that with a 3-0 win at Crystal Palace, 4-0 at West Ham United, 2-1 at home against Swansea and then Monday's 2-0 win at Bournemouth. Guardiola was delighted to see his players put his plans into action.

"In the beginning of the season we did well but after that we missed something, and I know why," Guardiola explained. "But now, my impression is that our game is more stable.

"Everybody knows what we have to do. That is why we have more quality, but we still have a big gap to improve."

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