Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri looks set to miss eight weeks of the season with an injury sustained during their 2-0 win at Newcastle on Sunday, reports Sky Sports.
The French playmaker suffered a partially ruptured knee ligament in a challenge with Toon defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
City had initially feared he may be ruled out for the remainder of the season, and even the summer’s World Cup.
However, he is now expected to return to action in mid-March, with the player confirming the news via social media.
“Thank you everyone for your kind words and overwhelming support, I suppose it’s kind of good news that I will be out around 8 weeks,” he wrote on Twitter.
Nasri will miss a number of key matches for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, including Chelsea’s visit to the Etihad on 3 February, and the Manchester Derby on 1 March.
He is also set to miss the first leg of City’s UEFA Champions League last 16 tie with Barcelona on 18 February at the Etihad, although he could be fit for the return at the Nou Camp on 12 March.
City boss Manuel Pellegrini was furious with the challenge from Yanga-Mbiwa that brought about the injury, and insisted the Newcastle defender deserved a red rather than a yellow card.
“It’s very serious. It was a very unfair kick and the player of Newcastle, it was directly a red card. I don’t understand why he was not sent off,” said Pellegrini.