LEG­END RON HELPS JE­SUS ON THE MEND

Irish Daily Mirror - - SPORT - BY DAVID MC­DON­NELL

GABRIEL JE­SUS has sought ad­vice from Brazil leg­end Ron­aldo in his fight­back from in­jury to help boost Manch­ester City’s Quadru­ple bid.

Je­sus, 20, has been out of ac­tion since suf­fer­ing knee-lig­a­ment dam­age in the goal­less draw away to Crys­tal Palace on New Year’s Eve.

The City striker had been ex­pected to re­turn within six weeks, but has yet to re­sume train­ing and has turned to com­pa­triot Ron­aldo for help.

Ron­aldo missed nearly three years due to se­ri­ous knee in­juries dur­ing his glit­ter­ing play­ing ca­reer, which in­cluded spells at Barcelona, In­ter, Real Madrid and AC Mi­lan.

Je­sus has been in con­tact with the 41-year-old and said: “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’s con­quered ev­ery­thing, but is still hum­ble. I’m proud to be able to have his help and ad­vice.”

Je­sus had his leg brace re­moved two weeks ago, but his in­jury is more com­plex than first thought.

“I’m get­ting bet­ter ev­ery day and re­cov­er­ing,” said Je­sus. “But I must re­cover well – not too fast.

“The knee is a very com­pli­cated part, even more so as I’ve never had an in­jury there. I need to take good care of my­self.

“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, 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.”

His cap­tain Vin­cent Kom­pany in­sists there will be no let-up from Manch­ester City in their pur­suit of an un­prece­dented Quadru­ple.

They have a foot in the Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter­fi­nals af­ter their 4-0 win at Basel. Next they play

Wi­gan in the FA Cup, fol­lowed by the EFL Cup fi­nal against Arse­nal.

“We wouldn’t be in four com­pe­ti­tions if it wasn’t for so many play­ers be­ing able to per­form at this level,” said Kom­pany (left, with Ilkay Gun­do­gan), who made his first ap­pear­ance in the Cham­pi­ons League for nearly two years.

“We’ve as much de­sire to play well against Wi­gan as we did against Basel. It will be the

same in the EFL Cup fi­nal.”

CROCK HOR­ROR Stricken Je­sus clutches his knee

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