Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has been ruled out of action for up to eight weeks with a knee injury, following Sunday’s game against Newcastle.
The French international was carried from the field on a stretcher after being on the receiving end of a wild tackle by Newcastle defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa. Following tests on Monday it was determined he had suffered damage to a medial knee ligament.
Nasri is set to miss 11 City games, including games against Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United, as well as the first leg of the knockout round of the Champions League against Barcelona – though it is possible his first game back could be the return leg.
Yanga-Mbiwa was booked by the referee Mike Jones following the tackle, but City manager Manuel Pellegrini claimed that the challenge was worthy of a red card.
Edin Dzeko, who scored the opening goal in a 2-0 win for City, also suffered a calf injury but it is believed to not be too serious. It has also been announced that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will not face any disciplinary action after he was recorded swearing at Pellegrini – though the FA did contact the Magpies boss to ‘remind him of his responsibilities’.