6-7 Weeks: Why Losing Nasri To Injury Will Be A Massive Blow For Manchester City

Manchester City are enjoying a successful season so far – they sit just a point behind Premier League leaders Arsenal, are in the knockout stages of the Champions League and are likely to reach the final of the League Cup. They are also into the fourth round of the FA Cup after thrashing Blackburn 5-0 last night. However the next six weeks will have to be played without one of their main attacking stars Samir Nasri, if Manuel Pellegrini’s comments about the France international’s injury are accurate.

Speaking in the interview below, the City boss said: “He’s a very important player for us, he was also playing in a very good moment so we hope he can return as quick as possible. But I think that less than six or seven weeks will be difficult.”

The injury is an enormous blow. The former Arsenal playmaker has been crucial to the fine form that City have enjoyed this term and you get a better idea of that when you look at the statistics.

He has played in every Premier League game so far this season and scored four goals, but it is the way he creates opportunities from nothing that has impressed.

He has made 46 key passes this season, claiming three assists, and has completed 90% of his passes altogether. His shot accuracy stands at 59% too.

His presence will be sorely missed at the Etihad, and though you expect City to keep their strong displays up, I can’t help but feel they won’t be so fluid when going forward.

stats via Squawka