The Argentinian international is yet to feature for the Citizens in their opening two games of the new campaign after he reported late for pre-season due to his commitments at the Copa America tournament earlier in the summer.
In his absence, Bacary Sagna has been handed the chance to impress manager Manuel Pellegrini and the former Arsenal man has done so as he has played a key role in helping the back four keep clean sheets against both West Brom and Chelsea.
The Frenchman is now set for an extended run in the side after Zabaleta revealed to the club’s official website that he is set for a spell on the sidelines after sustaining the injury during a training session.
“It happened in training, It’s the first time in 12 years of senior football that I’ve ever been injured like this so it’s a blow, especially at the start of the season,” Zabaleta said.
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The 30-year-old will miss City’s clash against Everton on Sunday afternoon and is facing a race against time to be fit for their first UEFA Champions League group stage fixture.