GABRIEL JESUS has turned to fellow Brazilian Ronaldo for advice on his troublesome knee injury.
The Manchester City forward, 20, has yet to return to full training after a medial ligament problem and still feels scared to kick the ball.
Now he has been talking with his boyhood idol, who suffered similar injuries in his legendary career.
Jesus shares some of the same management as Ronaldo and the duo spoke at Neymar’s birthday bash in Paris last week.
Jesus said: “I’m better, every day better, recovering well. I have put it in my head that I have to recover well and not fast.
“The knee is a very complicated part — I’ve never had an injury there.
“I need to recover well, treat it well and take good care of myself so I can get back better than I was.
“I’m still a little scared. I think in a week I’ll spend more days hitting the ball, losing the fear.”
Jesus suffered the injury on New Year’s Eve at Crystal Palace.
Boss Pep Guardiola thought he may return for Tuesday’s European tie at Basel, which City won 4-0.
That was part of the reason City decided not to pursue Alexis Sanchez.
But the return has stalled and Jesus has not returned to full training.
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Brazil’s physical trainer Fabio Mahseredjian is due to visit City today.
And Jesus is targeting joining up with his national team at the end of March.
He said: “I’ll train a lot. We have two friendlies in March and I’ll try, if I get summoned.”