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Newcastle United's English defender Jamaal Lascelles (L) challenges Manchester City's Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus (R) during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on December 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Lindsey PARNABY

Gabriel Jesus is confident he will hit the heights again for Manchester City after recovering from knee ligament damage.

Brazil striker Jesus is yet to play in 2018 after damaging a medial ligament at Crystal Palace on New Year’s Eve, but he returned to first-team training on Friday.

Today’s FA Cup tie against League One Wigan Athletic is expected to come too soon for Jesus, but he is set to play a part in the run-in as City set their sights on an unprecedented quadruple.

And Jesus believes the mental resolve he has required to overcome his first serious knee injury will stand him in good stead for the challenges ahead.

“At the beginning, it was hard,” he told City’s official website. “But after I got used to the situation, I convinced myself that all I could do was to recover in the best way possible - to come back well”.

“Of course, in the first few days, it was awful - extremely bad. I was bad. I am thankful that my family was here to help me. They were very important. In the last few days, I am feeling better and I am happier. I am recovering well. I keep going strong and each day recovering a bit more so I can return and be at my best”.

“A lot of bad thoughts go through my mind, especially when it comes to the knee, which is a very sensitive area.






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