Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has revealed he is set to miss around eight weeks with the knee injury sustained during Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle United.
Nasri suffered what manager Manuel Pellegrini described as a “serious knee injury” after a strong challenge from fellow France international Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa at St James’ Park.
The 26-year-old had to be stretchered off, and there had been fears in France that his participation in the World Cup could be in doubt.
Following a scan on Monday, though, the player announced on Twitter that he is likely to return to action in March.
Thank you everyone for your kind words and overwhelming support, i suppose its kind of good news that i will be out around 8 weeks— Samir Nasri Official (@SamNasri19) January 13, 2014
Nasri's father, Abdelhamid, told Le Parisien that Yanga-Mbiwa “did it nastily,” adding: “The boy was beaten first time and did it with the second challenge. And it wasn't to try and get the ball back where he hit... It's just gratuitous nastiness.”