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.
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.
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.
their squad on Thursday by signing Zabaleta's international team-mate
Nicolas Otamendi from Valencia in a deal reported to be worth around £32
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.
analysed different options and we decided that Nicolas Otamendi was the
best option. I think he is a very good player. He is improving.
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."