Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has indicated that Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus could return to action in early February.
The 20-year-old is recovering from the knee injury he sustained in the goalless draw at Crystal Palace a fortnight ago.
It had been thought that Jesus, who has scored eight Premier League goals this season, would be set for a two-month lay-off, but Guardiola insists that time-frame could be too pessimistic.
Jesus had a treatment session in Barcelona on Thursday and, after seeing the player's progress, Guardiola is confident the youngster can play in the first leg of City's Champions League last-16 tie against Basel on 13th February.
"Gabriel was in Barcelona with Dr (Ramon) Cugat and things are quite good," Guardiola said ahead of Sunday's Premier League game against Liverpool at Anfield.
"I think in two, three weeks hopefully for the Champions League game against Basel he could be fit."
Meanwhile, Guardiola has distanced himself from reports that City are close to signing Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez.
He said of the speculation: "I understand completely this question, you make this question, but I am focused on Liverpool. The important thing is the 90 minutes on the field."
Liverpool are 3.10 to beat Manchester City, who are 2.30 to come out on top at Anfield, with the draw available at 3.70.
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