Gabriel Jesus has explained why he played on for 15 minutes after suffering a serious knee injury during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The Arsenal forward missed 15 games of action for his club side after sustaining medial ligament damage in Brazil’s 1-0 defeat to Cameroon in the World Cup group stages, and was forced to undergo knee surgery over the Christmas period.
With their star striker now finally back in action, Arsenal and adidas have released part one of a docu-series on Jesus’ recovery. In said docu-series, Jesus detailed the moment he suffered the injury, and why he continued to play for 15 minutes before eventually being subbed off.
“To be honest, I don’t know what happened, I don’t feel nothing but something changed,” he said. “I kept playing without pain, discomfort, nothing. Then I get subbed off, nothing.
“Then after, on the bench it became so big I couldn’t bend my knee and I was so scared you know. I’ve always been good with pain, I have played football since I was or 12 years old and have played with pain.”
The medial ligament damage suffered in December was the second time Gabriel Jesus has been out with a knee ligament injury during his career.
The first such injury occurred back in 2018 while the forward was on the books at Manchester City during a goalless draw with Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day. Jesus missed 12 games with the ailment.
Jesus’ only other serious injury came early in his Man City career when he suffered a metatarsal fracture back in 2016 and was forced to sit out 13 games.
On this edition of The Chronicles of a Gooner, part of the 90min podcast network, Harry Symeou discusses Arsenal’s 4-1 win against Crystal Palace, bouncing back from Europa League heartbreak and more.
If you can’t see this embed, click here to listen to the podcast!