Martin Demichelis Injury: Updates on Man City Star's Knee, Likely Return Date
The Manchester outfit confirmed the news via their official account:
From Nick Lustig of the Daily Star:
Manchester City will still be without captain Vincent Kompany for Wednesday night's Champions League clash with CSKA Moscow ...
Summer signing Martin Demichelis and Jack Rodwell were also not included in manager Manuel Pellegrini's travelling party.
Demichelis is not ready for first-team inclusion, however made an appearance for City's development squad last week as he steps up his recovery from a knee injury.
UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 17
From Manchester City's official website:
Martin Demichelis made his first appearance in a City shirt for Patrick Vieira’s Elite Development Squad on Wednesday night.
The 32-year old enjoyed a winning start to life at City, helping the Sky Blues to a 4-2 penalty shootout win over Rochdale after a 2-2 draw in the opening Group 1 match.
Manuel Pellegrini, who replaced Roberto Mancini in the summer, has been victim of a string of bad luck with his defenders, which has hindered City’s start to the campaign.
Captain Vincent Kompany has been dealing with injuries to start the season, adding to the loss of versatile right-back Micah Richards.
Matija Nastasic also missed the start to the 2013/14 campaign with an ankle injury picked up in preseason, leaving Joleon Lescott as the only reliable option under Pellegrini’s tenure to date.
As a result of City’s depleted ranks, and their lack of leadership at set pieces against Cardiff, Pellegrini recently moved to bring Demichelis to the club for a fee in the region of £3.5 million.
However, the 32-year-old Argentinian has yet to even lace up a pair of boots in City colours, and already a knee ligament problem has struck.
City’s official website confirmed the centre-back had undergone a scan to reveal the extent of the damage, but he will not require surgery to correct the problem.
The veteran defender’s targeted game for a return will likely be the October 19 trip to face West Ham at Upton Park.
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