Samir Nasri is a major doubt for the Manchester derby on Sunday to compound City who are already suffering from injury problems.
Both David Silva and Sergio Aguero are ruled out for the vital clash this weekend, with Manchester United just two points below their local rivals, who are top of the table after nine games.
Captain Vincent Kompany could also miss the game, leaving City without their three players that make up the spine of their side. Nasri was substituted on in one of City’s most impressive victories of the season so far, where he picked up an injury, a 5-1 demolition of promoted side AFC Bournemouth, who United face in December and host on the last day of the Premier League.
Manuel Pellegrini is facing an injury crisis, with Nasri set to miss City’s UEFA Champions League game against Sevilla on Wednesday, as well as Fabian Delph, Aleksandar Kolarov and Gael Clichy. The City manager says that Nasri couldn’t be taken off against Bournemouth because all three substitutions had been made.
“Unfortunately we knew that he was feeling something after we made the third change so if not maybe I can change him before,” Pellegrini told the media.
“He didn’t run too much, he stayed in the middle so we’ll see in the next few days what happens with him.”
City already have plenty of their main players injured, and with backup midfielder Nasri also being possibly ruled out, it could give United an early edge for the derby. However, Pellegrini’s side are top of the table for a reason, with summer signings Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne settling in well, both scoring multiple times already in Sergio Aguero’s absence.
Whatever the teams are for Sunday, a Manchester derby is always going to be a tasty affair and United fans are certainly hoping Louis van Gaal‘s side can repeat what they did at Old Trafford last season.