Manchester City right-back Bacary Sagna suffered a hamstring injury while on International duty, and is expected to be out of action for up to 3 weeks.
The 33-year-old defender sustained a hamstring injury during France’s World Cup qualifying match against Bulgaria on Friday.
Initial reports claimed that the hamstring tear could take up to a month to fully heal, but it is now being claimed that the player will only be out for only 3 weeks.
Manchester City confirmed Sagna’s injury yesterday on their Official website.
Their statement read: “Sagna was injured while on international duty with France and has suffered a hamstring pull – he is likely to return in early November.”
Sagna will miss Manchester City’s match against Everton this weekend, as well as City’s Champions League tie against Barcelona and the Derby match against Manchester United in the EFL Cup.
Sagna’s injury will come as a massive blow to Guardiola, as the Catalan manager was looking to continue City’s impressive start to the season, although the Citizens will face much tougher opponents after the international break.
Bacary was also sidelined earlier this season with another hamstring injury he sustained during City’s UEFA Champions League qualifying match. He was out for almost a month.
Pablo Zabaleta is expected to fill in during Sagna’s absence, after having started in 4 of City’s Premier League matches so far.
Guardiola will be happy to hear that Sergio Aguero has announced that he is fit, after the Argentine was feared to have sustained a calf injury after having limped out of Argentina’s draw with Peru last Thursday.
Aguero told Diario Ole: “I’m quite well now, you get physical fitness playing, not training. Bauza has the decision – I’ll be available for Tuesday. I’m much better. After the Peru game, I had two days to make the recovery and I did a little bit of football today. I’m quite well.”