Matija Nastasic Injury: Updates on Manchester City Star's Ankle
Nastasic required a stretcher during the final of the Asia Trophy, which saw City defeat Sunderland in Hong Kong.
UPDATE: Friday, Aug. 23
From Jeremy Cross of the Daily Star:
Matija Nastasic is set to answer Manchester City's defensive crisis this weekend. Nastasic has been sidelined with damaged ankle ligaments and was expected to be out until next month.
But the Serbian ace is making a swift recovery and has returned to light training. City manager Manuel Pellegrini will now be hoping Nastasic suffers no reaction in the next 24 hours to put himself in the frame for a return to action at Cardiff on Sunday.
UPDATE: Friday, Aug. 16
BBC has that latest on Nastasic's return from his injury:
Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic is to return to training from injury ahead of schedule, according to manager Manuel Pellegrini.
The Serb was expected to miss four to six weeks after the extent of damage to an ankle was revealed in early August.
Instantly fears arose over the centre-back’s chances of featuring on the opening day of the 2013-14 Premier League campaign, and City have now confirmed a potential six-week absence.
An ankle injury is expected to keep Matija Nastasic sidelined for four to six weeks. With the young Serbian out of action, Manuel Pellegrini is likely to pair Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott in the heart of defence with Dedryk Boyata offering the Chilean another option at centre-back.
The loss of Nastasic will be a big blow to City after the 20-year-old defender showed a cool head during his debut season with the club, making 25 appearances.
City face Newcastle in their opening game of the season on August 19, prior to which they meet Arsenal in a friendly on Saturday.
Nastasic will almost certainly miss further games against Cardiff and Hull, while the September 22 Manchester derby with United may prove a realistic target for his return.
There was better news at the other end of the pitch for City, where Sergio Aguero is ready to step up his preseason efforts after a knee injury.
Aguero has plenty of competition for his place this season with Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas and Stevan Jovetic all added to City’s attacking options, while Edin Dzeko has arguably been the star of preseason.
The start of the new campaign will be viewed as a key period for City, who, on paper at least, have a series of winnable games prior to that September Manchester derby.
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