Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has revealed that he seeks advice from Brazilian legend Ronaldo during his ongoing recovery from a knee injury.
The 20-year-old has not played for Cityzen
since injuring his leg in a goalless draw with Crystal Palace on New Year's Eve at Selhurst Park and was initially ruled out for between four and six weeks after having scans with Dr. Ramon Cugat in Barcelona.
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Jesus was expected to return to action next week, but his comeback has been delayed as he has still yet to return to full training with Manchester City
After speaking to Ronaldo at Neymar's birthday party in Paris last week, and it is understood that he has sought advice from the Brazil legend, who suffered career-threatening tendon injuries in both knees and Jesus is now targeting a return to action before the end of the month.
"Besides being a fan of him as a player, I had the pleasure of getting to know the person he is, which made me admire him even more," he is quoted as saying by The Sun. "He's conquered everything but is still a humble and great company. I'm proud to be able to have his help and advice.
"I'm getting better every day and recovering, but I must recover well, not too fast. The knee is very complicated, even more so as I've never had an injury there. I need to take good care of myself so that I can get back better than I was.
"There were a lot of negative things in my head. When I felt the pain there, I tried to continue, but I couldn't. That moment was complicated because I had thoughts about the national team [and the World Cup], about the rest of the season - I thought of everything.
"I'm hitting the ball a little bit now. I missed that a lot, but I'm still a little scared. In a week, I'll spend more days hitting the ball and, in a short time, I'll train with the team again."
Jesus scored 10 goals from 27 matches in all competitions before struck down by injury.