Serbian set to be sidelined for the whole of August.
Manchester City have suffered a huge blow after it emerged that key defender Matija Nastasic has been ruled out of action for between four and six weeks with an ankle injury, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The highly rated young Serbia international suffered the problem during the recent Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong when he landed awkwardly in what were appalling conditions in the Far East, with the centre back immediately being stretchered off.
And now the club have found out the full extent of the damage done to Nastasic’s ankle, with the 20-year-old set to miss all of the first month of the new Premier League campaign.
All of which will be a big blow to recently appointed City head coach Manuel Pellegrini as he looks to make a fast start to the top-flight season in his new role in the Eastlands dugout.
The experienced Chilean is now left with just club captain Vincent Kompany and England international Joleon Lescott as his only fit central defenders, although if necessary Pellegrini can call upon versatile right-back Micah Richards to cover in the middle if push comes to shove.
Either way, though, City will still greatly miss the Serbian, who made 25 appearances in total for the club in his debut campaign last time out.