The 20-year-old was stretchered off during his national side’s 1-0 defeat to Argentina in Melbourne on Friday after he was struck by Otamendi’s elbow in an accidental collision.
Jesus was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure following the blow and Edu, Brazil’s team coordinator, claimed that any injury was not serious.
“I spoke to the doctor, he said [Jesus] is OK,” Edu told the Associated Press. “He already did the exam to see if [Jesus’ jaw] is broken or not but nothing has happened.”
However, according to Globo Esporte, further tests on Saturday revealed a fracture to Jesus’ left eye socket which will keep him out of Tuesday’s friendly with Australia.
Jesus tweeted a message of reassurance to his Twitter followers on Saturday, reading simply: “I am fine.”
Diego Souza is expected to replace Jesus in Brazil’s starting line-up for the meeting with Australia. Tite, the Brazil head coach, is not expected to call a replacement player up to his squad.Reuse content