Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that Samir Nasri will be missing for at least a month because he requires surgery on a troublesome groin injury.
The French midfield star was forced to miss Wednesday night’s 7-0 Capital One Cup romp against Championship side Sheffield Wednesday due to the problem.
And Pellegrini revealed in his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to Hull City that the player would not only miss the game at the KC Stadium, but also the next four weeks of action.
“It’s serious because maybe he will have surgery in the next days. I’m not a doctor but I think he will be out for around one month,”
“He was training but he wasn’t 100 per cent. He didn’t feel comfortable with what he was doing so the doctor decided that was the best option.
“Of course he’s a very important player for us and it’s not easy for us to play without Samir.
“But I never give excuses about players that, for different reasons, are not in our squad. We have an important squad.”
City go into the game against Steve Bruce’s Tigers also without midfielder Fernando and striker Stevan Jovetic due to respective groin and hamstring issues.
But striker Sergio Aguero and playmaker David Silva are available following injury problems while Pablo Zabaleta is back from suspension as City look for a first league win in four since defeating Liverpool on August 25.
City are priced at 1.56 to win, while Hull can be backed at 6.01 with the draw at 4.12.