Manchester City have been handed a massive boost with the news that Gabriel Jesus is set to return to fitness sooner than expected.
City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed he could return within three weeks.
The striker has been in Barcelona with Dr Ramon Cugat this week and looks set to be back sooner than expected from a medial collateral ligament injury.
Jesus, who sustained the problem at Crystal Palace, left the Selhurst Park pitch in tears but has set early next month as a target for coming back.
Guardiola suggested the Champions League last-16 first leg with Basle on February 13 as a possible date but also claimed he may be back in training inside a fortnight.
“Yesterday (Thursday) he was in Barcelona with Dr Cugat and at the end he was quite good,” Guardiola said. “Two or three weeks, the Champions League game against Basle, he could be fit and ready.”
Sergio Aguero is Guardiola's only available striker ahead of Sunday's meeting with Liverpool at Anfield.