Nasri suffers knee ligament damage

Manuel Pellegrini has described the midfielder's injury as "very serious" and claimed Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa should have been sent off for the challenge
Manchester City face an anxious wait over Samir Nasri after the midfielder suffered a knee ligament injury during the club's 2-0 win over Newcastle United on Sunday.


Harry Slavin at St James' Park

Ominous scenes for City fans. Samir Nasri was the only player before today to feature in every Premier League game for City this season but he’s staying down on the ground after a challenge from Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

He’s already been down for several minutes and it now looks as if the stretcher will be needed to get the Frenchman off the pitch. Never a pleasant sight.

The Frenchman stayed down for several minutes following a heavy challenge from Magpies defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who was booked for the lunge and quickly substituted.

“[It's] Very serious because I think it was a very unfair kick from the player of Newcastle it was directly red card. I don’t understand why he [Yanga-Mbiwa] wasn’t sent off," Manuel Pellegrini said after the match.

“Samir Nasri has a problem with his medial ligaments, we’ll see tomorrow how serious, but I don’t think it’s a nice thing, I think it’s serious.”

Nasri looked in severe pain as he was lifted from the field, and will be hoping to avoid an injury similar to the one which will keep Theo Walcott out of this summer's World Cup.

Walcott was ruled out for six months with an anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained during the FA Cup third round clash with Tottenham last Saturday.

Newcastle had earlier had a goal controversially ruled out for offside, which sparked a touchline row between managers and coaches, and caused outrage among home fans.

Alan Pardew confronted referee Mike Jones on his way to the dressing rooms at half-time, telling him, "the linesman is right, you are wrong," after Jones had ruled that Yoan Gouffran was standing in an offside position as Cheick Tiote's shot crashed in from outside the area.

City moved top of the Premier League thanks to an early Edin Dzeko goal and a stoppage-time clincher from Alvaro Negredo.