It has been confirmed that a knee injury will rule Manchester City’s French midfielder Samir Nasri out of Friday night’s high-profile exhibition against the United States at Stade de France.
Nasri suffered from issues with his knee tendon following City’s UEFA Champions League win over Villarreal last week and did not make his club’s starting line-up for the thrilling 3-2 Premier League triumph over QPR on Saturday.
In addition to being in impressive league form since his move from Arsenal to the Eastlands, Nasri also scored the critical equalizer in his nation’s 1-1 draw against Bosnia last month to secure automatic qualification for next summer’s Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine.
Therefore, the French Football Federation (FFF) is carefully monitoring the key playmaker’s situation, stating: “Samir Nasri reported for France duty at Clairefontaine (Yvelines) with a left patellar tendon injury.
“A clinical examination and additional tests confirmed the inflammation and, consequently, the inability of the player to be fully fit has meant he will not play in the two internationals against the United States and Belgium. Samir Nasri will now be allowed to return to his club.”
While manager Laurent Blanc is also sweating over the availability of France’s other injured Premier League stars such as Newcastle United talisman Yohan Cabaye (groin) and Chelsea winger Florent Malouda (thigh), Barclays Premier League leaders City will be even more concerned about the status of their massive summer signing.