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Man City without Jesus for up to two months

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Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus heads the ball during their match against Leicester City at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on November 18, 2017

LONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 31 – Manchester City’s goalless draw at Crystal Palace on Sunday came at a heavy cost after they lost Gabriel Jesus to injury for at least a month.

City boss Pep Guardiola came up just short of equalling the 19-match winning streak he achieved with Bayern Munich, although the Premier League leaders remain undefeated this season.

Jesus appeared to injure himself in the 11th minute when he lost his footing, but he soldiered on for another 12 minutes before going down again and being replaced by Sergio Aguero.

The Citizens are also sweating on Kevin De Bruyne, who was stretchered off in stoppage time after being caught by a high challenge from Jason Puncheon, who needed to be substituted as well.

Guardiola conceded that the Brazil international is set for a spell on the sidelines, while he faces an anxious wait to discover the extent of the damage suffered by Belgian star De Bruyne.

“Gabriel will be out for a little bit more than one month, hopefully,” the Spaniard said after the match, which saw Ederson save a late penalty from Luka Milivojevic to preserve their unbeaten start to the campaign.

“Kevin, we will see tomorrow what he has; whether it’s just a kick or something else. Hopefully just a huge kick but maybe he will not be ready for the Watford game.

“We were lucky (with challenges) in previous games. I admire the physicality of the Premier League but the referee has to protect the players – that’s all I ask. Hopefully it won’t be tough.”

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