English Premiership

Zabaleta out for at least a month

2015-08-21 15:27
Pablo Zabaleta (Supplied)

London - Manchester City right-back Pablo Zabaleta will be sidelined for "around one month" with a knee injury, manager Manuel Pellegrini revealed on Friday.

The Argentina international, 30, has not yet played this season after being granted time off following the Copa America and injured himself in training this week.

"Pablo Zabaleta yesterday (Thursday) had a problem in his knee with his ligaments so he will be out for around one month," Pellegrini told a press conference.

Bacary Sagna is likely to continue to deputise for Zabaleta. In other injury news, new signing Fabian Delph (hamstring) and midfielder Fernando (groin) have both returned to training.

Top of the Premier League table on goal difference following a 3-0 win over defending champions Chelsea last weekend, City visit Everton on Sunday.

City bolstered their squad on Thursday by signing Zabaleta's international team-mate Nicolas Otamendi from Valencia in a deal reported to be worth around £32 million.

The club already possessed three accomplished centre-backs in the shape of captain Vincent Kompany, Eliaquim Mangala and Martin Demichelis, but Pellegrini feels it is important to have competition in the back four.

"I think that we needed a centre-back," said the Chilean, whose side won 3-0 at West Bromwich Albion in their opening game.

"We analysed different options and we decided that Nicolas Otamendi was the best option. I think he is a very good player. He is improving.

"I know him from when he played in Porto with Mangala, both of them against Malaga in the Champions League. Last season with Valencia he had a very good season."

Pellegrini refused to be drawn on reports that City are close to signing Belgian playmaker Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg, but said: "The (transfer) window closes on September 1. Before that, nobody knows what happens."


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Saturday, 23 November 2019
West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur, London Stadium 14:30
Arsenal v Southampton, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Everton v Norwich City, Goodison Park 17:00
Crystal Palace v Liverpool, Selhurst Park 17:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Leicester City, The American Express Community Stadium 17:00
Watford v Burnley, Vicarage Road 17:00
AFC Bournemouth v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Vitality Stadium 17:00
Manchester City v Chelsea, Etihad Stadium 19:30
Sunday, 24 November 2019
Sheffield United v Manchester United, Bramall Lane 18:30
Monday, 25 November 2019
Aston Villa v Newcastle United, Villa Park 22:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

And the 2019/20 English Premiership champions will be ... ?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.