Manchester City superstar attack-minded midfielder Samir Nasri, 26, could be out of action after suffering a potentially mid-to-long term injury during the club's 2-0 success over Newcastle United, competed at St James' Park earlier today, Sunday.
A challenge from Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa left Nasri writhing in agony on the field, with manager Manuel Pellegrini reflecting in his post-match offering that the defender was fortunate not to see a red card. After the tackle, Nasri had to be withdrawn and taken for immediate assessment. While the extent of the injury is not yet clear so an official prognosis cannot be given, Pellegrini did concede that it was 'serious'.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: 'The kick he [Yanga-Mbiwa] made to Nasri was absolutely a red card directly. Nasri has I think a serious injury to his knee, we will see tomorrow. I repeat it was a direct red card. It's his medial ligament. We will see tomorrow what has happened with him.'
Medial ligament damage has different levels of severity: first degree, where pain is felt from standing up from a sitting position, second degree where the pain is felt from simply touching the injury and third degree, where the ligament is ruptured and so the knee joint would be unstable.
Each type of sprain could see a course of recovery range from three weeks, to eight weeks, or three to six months, for first, second and third degree, respectively.
If, as Pellegrini suggested, Nasri has suffered damage to the medial ligament in his knee, then he will likely be sidelined for at least three weeks in the potentially best case scenario, leaving his participation in the upcoming crucial Premier League clashes against Spurs on January 29 and Chelsea on February 3 doubtful.
Nasri's absence could be felt by the club's strikers as he is one of City's most creative outlets. In league football alone he has featured in every single match, for 1,386 minutes and has registered a 90% passing accuracy whilst also providing 47 chances for his team-mates.
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