Manchester City ready to help Gabriel Jesus after family return to Brazil

Sergio Aguero Manchester City 2018-19

Sergio Aguero Manchester City 2018-19

Manchester City's Brazilian players can help support Gabriel Jesus once his family return to South America, says manager Pep Guardiola.

City go into the game on the back of four successive wins, including a 2-1 defeat of title-rivals Liverpool and resounding cup successes against Rotherham United and Burton Albion, the latter a 9-0 triumph in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup on Wednesday.

Their arrival in Manchester before Christmas coincided with an upturn in the forward's form, and Guardiola said: "The private life is the private life and if they need something we are there".

"But we don't know the private lives and the private lives can affect a lot their performance, shorter to medium time". We are there to help.

"If you don't have injuries, if you are satisfied with the players, the squad you have, you go with them". But of course, we cannot substitute the mother and when the family can't be here, it's hard.

'They have to handle the situation and of course he is not alone, he has friends.

"For loan players, maybe it can happen, but I think the big clubs don't buy players for just five or six months, and they don't sell in that period". In the case of Gabriel, it's like this. Right now, I don't know.

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Central defender Vincent Kompany has also been struggling since the Liverpool game, Guardiola revealed.

"Sergio was sick after the Liverpool game but joined in the training session today", he added.

Pep Guardiola has confirmed they are making good progress and could be in contention for a place in the side in Monday's crucial Premier League encounter.

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