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Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus suffers broken eye socket on Brazil duty

Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus suffers broken eye socket

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 June, 2017, 2:48pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 June, 2017, 2:48pm

Brazil’s football federation says striker Gabriel Jesus sustained a broken eye socket during the 1-0 loss to Argentina in a friendly.

The Manchester City player was taken off the field on a stretcher late in Friday’s game after being hit by an errant elbow during an aerial challenge with club teammate Nicolas Otamendi.

Gabriel Jesus was initially given the all-clear after precautionary tests but the CBF said that, after a more detailed examination, a fracture was diagnosed in the bone that protects his left eye.

Brazil will not call up a replacement for Tuesday’s friendly with Australia, also in Melbourne.

Jesus was a constant threat before 95,569 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground but missed Brazil’s best chance to clinch an equaliser, striking the post in front of an open goal.

Defender Gabriel Mercado’s goal on the stroke of halftime helped end Tite’s undefeated record since taking the job 12 months ago, and give new Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli a winning debut.

Brazil, playing without captain Neymar, had won nine matches in a row, while Argentina had lost three of their last five matches in a stuttering World Cup qualifying campaign. Lionel Messi played the entire game for Argentina.