Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus is closing in on a return to action after being involved in Brazil training during the international break. The 26-year-old has been recovering from a hamstring injury since the end of October but was still selected for Brazil duty.

The Brazilian international has struggled with injuries so far this season after missing the start of the 2023/24 campaign with a knee issue - a reoccurrence of the problem he suffered at the World Cup last year. The former Manchester City frontman then sustained a hamstring injury nearly a month ago.

Mikel Arteta had hoped Jesus would remain at Arsenal during the international break to continue his recovery. However, the 26-year-old was selected for Brazil's fixtures against Uruguay and Argentina.

Jesus has now taken part in full training for the past two days and could start Tuesday night’s clash against the reigning World Cup champions in Rio de Janeiro. The Arsenal star could be set to replace Real Madrid forward Vinicius Jr in the team after the Brazilian winger sustained a hamstring problem of his own and could be sidelined for two months.

Jesus was pictured in Brazil training competing for the ball with Barcelona star Raphinha as well as stretching his right hamstring freely with no issues - suggesting he has fully recovered from his injury. The Gunners are set to face Brentford this weekend and will hope Jesus can avoid a setback in his recovery during the international break.

Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard looks set to be available to face Thomas Frank's side this weekend after withdrawing from Norway duty ahead of the international break. understands that Odegaard was put through his paces at London Colney last week and continues to be assessed, but is expected to return against Brentford.

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Norway manager Stale Solbakken revealed last week that Odegaard is stepping up his recovery. "I've just come from a 45-minute talk with Martin, he is getting better and better and gradually stepping up," Solbakken said.

"It has been more or less three weeks without any special training, so it is important to take things step by step. Both he and Arsenal probably hope that he is available for the Brentford match." Arsenal WhatsApp channel

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