Samir Nasri will be back from injury in around eight weeks, much sooner than feared, and putting to bed any fears that he would miss the World Cup.
The Manchester City midfielder was injured on Sunday after a bad challenge from Newcastle United defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa during the Citizens’ 2-0 victory at St James’ Park.
City were not due to make an announcement until tomorrow but Nasri himself tweeted:
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 said the injury was a partial rupture of a knee ligament.
Earlier both Nasri’s father and girlfriend had said that they expected him back much sooner than first feared, despite City boss Manuel Pellegrini seeming to fear the worse, according to the Mirror.
Nasri’s father Abdelhamid is reported to have said: “I've spoken to Samir on the phone. The disappointment has subsided a little -- I tried to keep it inside, and he did as well. Samir will have an MRI on Monday.
“We'll then have a precise diagnosis. He's afraid of a long-term injury which will end his season and his dreams of the World Cup.
"But after taking a step back to think about it, and with certain signs, he thinks it might just be a severe twist. If the meniscus is damaged, he'll be out two months, which isn't enormous.
“In that case, it could have been much worse and he'll even be able to take a breather and recharge his batteries. He's trying to keep things in perspective.”
The former Arsenal and Marseille man has had a difficult time with the France national team, and was not included in the squad for World Cup 2010.
At Euro 2012 he found himself in trouble for verbally abusing a journalist and was given a three-match ban from international football.
In the play-offs for World Cup 2014, against Ukraine in November, Nasri was a scapegoat for the 2-0 first leg defeat in Kiev with L’Equipe rating his performance as 3/10.
He was dropped for the second leg in Paris, which Didier Deschamps’ team won 3-0, and will be looking to find good form after this injury to ensure he makes it on the plane to Brazil where he will surely be aiming to redeem himself on the international stage.