Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini's avowed intent (according to Richard Tanner of the Express) not to conduct much business in the January transfer window might be compromised by very recent developments.
Midfielder Samir Nasri, who has played in every Premier League match for City this year, is out for an extended stretch after being felled by a Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa tackle in City's recent win over Newcastle United.
Nasri posted to his Twitter feed as follows: "Thank you everyone for your kind words and overwhelming support, i suppose its kind of good news that i will be out around 8 weeks."
Nasri has never carried the same scoring threat for City that he did for Arsenal—primarily because City's insane depth at striker meant he never had to.
Instead, Nasri has become an invaluable complementary piece in midfield whose speed and passing precision make life easier for the strikers to do the heavy goal-scoring lifting.
Two months without Nasri could quickly feel like an eternity to City, who remain in contention for four trophies. And Nasri's absence will definitely be felt in February when City attempt to keep pace with Barcelona in Champions League play.
Might Pellegrini have to rethink his assertion that his squad is already deep enough? And which Sky Blues might be on the move?