Speaking to the club’s official website, the French midfielder was recounted the occasion in training when he fell to the ground and screamed after feeling his leg giving way beneath him.
“We had a session after the October international break and everything was going well,” the player began. “Then, right at the end I played a one-two with Fernando and the ball was a little bit behind me – we were playing two-touch – and I had the ball ready to shoot but I could see Aleks[andar Kolarov] coming from behind me.
“I hesitated before I shot and wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do. I went for the shot and as soon as I did, I felt my leg going from under me with no challenge and I just screamed as I hit the ball because the pain was so intense and collapsed on the floor.
“With this injury I had to have an operation that resulted in nearly 100 stitches in my thigh – my surgeon told me this was a rare injury as the muscle had detached from the bone and the tendon was also 90% detached and had to be stitched back together so it was something that doesn’t happen very often.”
However, while the details of Nasri’s injury make for uncomfortable reading, there is some reason for optimism on the part of City fans, with the international revealing that he is targeting a comeback in the March international window.
“The original estimate by the doctors was that I’d be out for between four to six months and the surgeon told me the same,” Nasri continued, “but I’ve already done two months and I’m targeting the international beak in March to be back properly with the squad.”
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If he manages to meet his target, there’s still time for the former Arsenal man to have an influence in the title run-in, with City—who are currently two points behind leaders Leicester City—likely to be there or there about during the final stages of the campaign.
Indeed, it’s not out of the question that Nasri could return to thwart his former club Arsenal, who currently sit in third, level on points with the Citizens but with a +15 goal difference compared to the Sky Blues’ +22.