Jesus Navas Injury: Updates on Manchester City Star's Status and Return

Matt CheethamCorrespondent IJanuary 7, 2014

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Updates from Sunday, Jan. 12

Manchester City confirm Jesus Navas is available to play against Newcastle:

SUBS NEWS: Pantilimon, Richards, Lescott, Clichy, Garcia, Milner, Navas #newcastlevcity #mcfc

— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) January 12, 2014

Updates from Friday, Jan. 10

Jesus Navas is back in contention for Manchester City ahead of their trip to Newcastle.

Manuel Pellegrini confirmed, via the Mirror's David McDonnell:

Pellegrini says Aguero, Jovetic and Rodwell still injured. Navas, Milner, Richards and Demichelis all fit #MCFC

— David McDonnell (@DiscoMirror) January 10, 2014

 

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Manuel Pellegrini revealed Tuesday that Navas has a problem with his knee, ruling him out of the Capital One Cup semifinal with West Ham and possibly the weekend clash with Newcastle.

The injury was announced via the club's official Twitter stream, with Pellegrini saying:

The Spain international has settled in well at the Etihad Stadium and was one of City's most prominent performers over the festive period.

He's featured in a whopping 11 games since the start of December, perhaps a reason for his current niggle.

Navas has already scored three goals and added six assists during his first season in England, during which he's made 18 Premier League appearances, per WhoScored.com.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24: Jesus Navas of Manchester City celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (P
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He has very much become Mr. Assist for the Citizens, with Mesut Ozil and Wayne Rooney the only players to create more goals in the English top flight. Rooney is the only player to better his minutes-per-assist ratio of 175 minutes this season.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28:  Adrian Mariappa of Crystal Palace competes with James Milner of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium on December 28, 2013 in Mancheste
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Navas has also created 30 chances, a tally that only Samir Nasri and David Silva can surpass for City. That statistic puts him among the Premier League's top 20 creative players, according to WhoScored.com, and this is certainly the department City will need most help with during any prolonged absence. 

In terms of a replacement, James Milner seems most likely to benefit from Navas' absence, which may also bode well for England. 

The former Aston Villa man has started just six Premier League games this season, but with Theo Walcott now destined to miss the 2014 World Cup, Milner may have a chance of claiming an international spot.

Another alternative could involve Nasri shifting over to the right, something he's often done, including in the recent game with Fulham.

Given how well City have fared without Sergio Aguero, it's hard to imagine any injury causing them too much disruption.

However, Pellegrini's side won't enjoy as much right-sided production until Navas returns.