The Hawthorns

Next Game

W Brom v Man City

Monday, 10 August 2015, 20:00

Barclays Prem

Last Game

Stuttgart 4 - 2 Man City

Saturday, 01 August 2015, 16:00

Friendly Match

Nastasic out for three weeks

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed that defender Matija Nastasic is facing a three-week lay-off with a calf injury.

Last Updated: 29/11/13 at 15:56 Post Comment

Matija Nastasic: Manchester City defender out for three weeks

Matija Nastasic: Manchester City defender out for three weeks

Nastasic sat out the midweek UEFA Champions League win over Viktoria Plzen after being withdrawn at half-time in last Sunday's 6-0 Premier League thrashing of Tottenham.

Pellegrini is reluctant to rush back the Serbia international, while Vincent Kompany will not be risked against Swansea on Sunday, despite his recent recovery from a thigh problem.

"Vincent Kompany is fit and he is not ready to play on Sunday but I think next week he will be without any problems," said the Chilean.

"Jovetic and Silva - I think they will play against Bayern Munich.

"Nastasic needs more time to recover - I think three weeks more.

"Rodwell is fit and can play this Sunday."

Goalkeeper Joe Hart returned for Wedneday's 4-2 win over Czech side, but it remains to be seen whether Costel Pantilimon will be preferred at the Etihad.

Pellegrini praised Hart's performance, but failed to reveal whether he will keep his place between the posts.

"Joe Hart, I think he played very, very well the other day," he said.

"He had a good performance. We trust a lot in him and we will see who will start on Sunday."

"All the players give me a lot of things to think about and that is my job.

"When they give good performances, it is very easy. Not difficult, easy."

City's slack defensive display in the 4-2 win over Plzen was greeted with dismay from Pellegrini, who admits his side must tighten up.

"In the last two game here at home in Champions League, both teams scored two goals. It is too much," he said.

"Especially in the last game - Plzen did not just score two goals but they had

more chances.

"We are working every day in that sense.

"I suppose we will continue the same way we did against Tottenham - a very strong team with important players in attack and they didn't have any

chances."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

L

ooks like Real get their man, most likely at their own valuation, yet again. Resistance is futile.

paul7702
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

Footer 365

Leicester agree club-record fee for Charles Aranguiz

Leicester are discussing terms with Chile midfielder Charles Aranguiz after agreeing a club-record £10.5m fee with Internacional.

Andre Pirlo backs Liverpool's Mario Balotelli to prove his potential

Andrea Pirlo thinks Mario Balotelli can still be one of the "top forwards in Europe" despite his struggles at Liverpool.

Liverpool beat HJK, Villa draw at Forest and Leeds see off Everton

Liverpool beat HJK, Aston Villa drew 3-3 at Nottingham Forest, while Leeds beat Everton 2-0 and Newcastle lost at home on Saturday.

Mail Box

Neville Has It Wrong On Chelsea...

One Mailboxer says that the Neviller has it slightly wrong on Chelsea. Plus thoughts on sexy Saints, pre-season reviews, Connor Wickham and televised analysis...

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company