Samir Nasri Injury: Updates on Manchester City Star's Knee and Return

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJanuary 12, 2014

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12:  Newcastle player Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (l) fouls Samir Nasri who is later stretchered off during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchestre City at St James' Park on January 12, 2014 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Updates from Friday, Feb. 14

Samir Nasri is fit to return for Manchester City against Chelsea in their weekend FA Cup showdown.

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


Updates from Tuesday, Feb. 11

Manchester City provides a synopsis of Manuel Pellegrini discussing Samir Nasri's injury status:

Updates from Friday, Jan. 31

Samir Nasri remains an absentee for Manchester City ahead of their clash with Chelsea.

The club's official Twitter feed noted:


Updates from Tuesday, Jan. 28

Manchester City provides a synopsis of Manuel Pellegrini discussing Samir Nasri's injury status:


Updates from Monday, Jan. 13

Samir Nasri has confirmed he will miss the next two months of the season with the knee injury he picked up at Newcastle.

Nasri tweeted after Monday's scan:

Nasri was earlier spotted on crutches as he headed for a scan on his knee. The following picture was posted by Transfers Centre:

Nasri's girlfriend, Anara Atanes, had predicted the former Arsenal man would be out for a month, tweeting:

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Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri was stretchered off during the club's 2-0 victory over Newcastle United on Jan. 12 after suffering a knee injury in the 78th minute, the club has announced:

Nasri went down after a questionable challenge from Newcastle's Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa. He was in instant pain following the knock, lying down on the St James' Park grass for an extended period before being attended to by medical officials. After a quick examination, he was removed from the pitch and taken to undergo further evaluation.   

BBC Sports' Staff provided a post-match statement from manager Manuel Pellegrini discussing Nasri's status:

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri will have a scan on Monday on a suspected medial knee ligament injury.



"Nasri has, I think, a serious injury, it's his medial knee ligament. It was absolutely a red card," he said.

"It's bad, but we will see on Monday how serious it is."

James Milner was subbed into the game for Nasri. It is unclear at this time the extent of Nasri's injury, but Yanga-Mbiwa's foul appeared to hit him hard on the left leg. Nasri's actions on the field seemed to indicate the attacking midfielder could miss an extended period of time.     

Should the scene on the field serve as a prelude to a long-term absence, City are going to be in trouble. Nasri, 26, is a versatile player who ranks among the better shot-creators in Premier League. He scored four goals and had three assists in 15 starts, and he had added four assists and one goal in Champions League play.

Although the talent-laden roster could probably survive a short absence, City's attack could struggle a bit in the interim. They came into Matchday 21 leading Premier League in goals (57) and differential (plus-34), but in need of a victory combined with an Arsenal loss to take the top spot in the table. 

Manuel Pellegrini's side returns to the pitch Jan. 15 for an FA Cup fixture against Blackburn. They should be able to win that matchup at home regardless of Nasri's status and are heavy favorites against Cardiff in their next Premier League matchup.  

However, if Nasri's injury stretches past that point, trouble could be near. 


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