Manchester City have been hit by the news striker Edin Dzeko could be sidelined for a few weeks with what has been described as “a very serious” calf injury.
The Bosnia-Herzegovina international will miss Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Israel after he was forced off in the Citizens’ 2-2 draw with Queens Park Rangers in their last outing.
Dzeko only lasted four minutes on the field when he picked up the problem after coming on for Fernandinho at Loftus Road, in a game which saw City fall further behind leaders Chelsea in the race to retain their Premier League crown.
Bosnia-Herzegovina team doctor Reuf Karabeg has revealed the injury will see Dzeko sidelined for the trip to Israel and the 28-year-old is unlikely to be back on the pitch anytime soon.
Karabeg told the Bosnian FA’s official website: “It’s a very serious injury and requires the kind of treatment whose time-frame rules out a quick return.”
City will take some solace that the injury to Dzeko happened just before a two-week international break, with the English champions next in action on November 22 when they host Swansea City at the Etihad Stadium.
However it is uncertain whether Dzeko will be fit to take on the Welsh outfit, although City have been installed as strong favourites at 1.35 to take all three points.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini is under pressure for his position in the dugout and might have to once again turn to Stevan Jovetic to partner the free-scoring Sergio Aguero when the Premier League campaign resumes.