Stevan Jovetic Injury: Updates on Manchester City Star's Calf, Return Date
Updates for Tuesday, Dec. 10
Jovetic had been pencilled in for a comeback in Germany, but Manuel Pellegrini revealed the following, via the club's official Twitter account:
PELLEGRINI: Nastasic and Jovetic have also stayed behind, but all the other players are available for tomorrow-apart from Yaya Toure #mcfc— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) December 9, 2013
Updates for Tuesday, Dec. 3
Stevan Jovetic, as expected, will miss Wednesday's Premier League trip to West Brom.
The news was confirmed by David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror following Manuel Pellegrini's Tuesday press conference:
Kompany in Man City squad for tomorrow v West Brom. Silva, Jovetic and Rodwell still injured, Pellegrini confirms #MCFC— David McDonnell (@DiscoMirror) December 3, 2013
Updates for Friday, Nov. 29
Manuel Pellegrini spoke to reporters on Friday, revealing his summer signing should be able to influence the final European group stage game, where City will fight for top spot.
Rob Dawson of the Manchester Evening News quotes Pellegrini saying: "Jovetic and (David) Silva - I think they will play against Bayern Munich."
That means Jovetic will miss games against Swansea, West Brom and Southampton.
Updates from Tuesday, Nov. 26
Manuel Pellegrini provided the update on Tuesday, via the club's official Twitter account:
Latest update from Manuel Pellegrini ahead of Manchester City's Champions League clash with CSKA Moscow, per the club's official Twitter account:
Manchester City are once more facing concerns over the fitness of summer signing Stevan Jovetic, after the former Fiorentina forward limped off after just 10 minutes of his side's Capital One Cup clash with Newcastle on Wednesday night.
It was just the Montenegrin's third start since arriving at the club, and, per the Daily Mail's Alex Horlock, he has picked up a calf injury to further set back his career in English football.
At a time when Manuel Pellegrini's side are facing some difficulties in the league, having slipped to seventh following defeat to Chelsea at the weekend, they could have done with the boost of a positive performance from Jovetic this week.
Instead, it is back to square one for the striker, having come back to fitness to find the likes of Alvaro Negredo, Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Samir Nasri all in-form and unwilling to surrender a first-team place.
It is not that Pellegrini will be short of options in Jovetic's continued absence. He has plenty. But the Montenegrin—who scored 13 Serie A goals and provided five assists last campaign, per Soccerway—could have offered an alternative.
For example, Jovetic could easily play from the left of a front three, allowing Silva to move into a central playmaking role. He could also attempt to form what would be a dynamic and pacey strike partnership with Aguero.
The hope is that he will quickly recover from this latest setback to continue his efforts at adapting to English football and making a significant impact for Manchester City.
The 23-year-old is a wonderful talent who both scores and creates goals for his side. However, the longer it is before he establishes himself at Eastlands, the more pressure he will be under with each passing game.
When he does eventually find form and fitness, both City and the Premier League as a whole will benefit from his presence.
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