Blow to Man City – The Star defender sidelined for 4 to 6 weeks due to injury

Snehanjan Banerjee / 22 August 2015

Manchester City are hit with an early injury blow at the beginning of the season.

Manchester City are set to be without first-choice right-back Pablo Zabaleta for the next month, with the Argentina international picking up a knee ligament injury, according to BBC Sport.

The 30-year-old Argentine fullback, arguably one of the best in the League, was an unused substitute in City’s opening two Premier League games following his involvement in the Copa America.

He could miss up to six games, with Bacary Sagna likely to continue to fill the right-back spot.

“Pablo Zabaleta has a problem in his knee, with the ligament,” manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed.

Zabaleta told the club website:   “It’s the first time in 12 years of senior football that I’ve ever been injured like this so it’s a blow, especially at the start of the season.”

Left-back Gael Clichy and midfielder Fabian Delph returned to training this week, although it is not known if they will be considered for Sunday’s Premier League game at Everton.

Zabaleta is likely to miss Everton away, Watford home, Crystal Palace away, West Ham home and is a doubt against Spurs home on 28th September.

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