Nasri set to be missing due to surgery on a groin problem.
Manchester City are set to be without vital playmaker Samir Nasri for a month, report the Express, with the Frenchman set to undergo surgery on a groin problem that has plagued him during the opening weeks of the new season.
Nasri has flourished and become a key player for City since his controversial move from Arsenal, with the Frenchman’s performances having gone up yet another notch since Manuel Pellegrini took over as manager, with Nasri taking on the bulk of the side’s creative burdern alongside the irrepressible David Silva.
They will now be without him for a number of key fixtures, however, including Champions League clashes against CSKA Moscow and AS Roma as City look to get their continental campaign back on track after a late opening day defeat against Bayern Munich in Germany, with former City star Jerome Boateng delivering the fatal blow.
Pellegrini has acknowledged the importance of Nasri to the City side, but has also indicated that he is confident his side can absorb the loss of a key player without too much trouble:
“He was training but he wasn’t 100 per cent and he wasn’t comfortable with what he was doing so the doctor decided it was the best option.”
“Of course he’s a very important player for us and it’s not easy for us to play without Samir but I never make excuses about players that, for different reasons, are not available because we have such a strong squad.”
Pellegrini will be hoping that England international James Milner can continue his fine form to compensate for the loss of Nasri, having put in a man-of-the-match display against Chelsea last weekend, whilst Frank Lampard could also come to the fore.