Nasri expecting eight weeks out
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Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri expects to be out of action for "around eight weeks" following a knee injury suffered against Newcastle, he has said.

The 26-year-old France international was carried from the field at St James' Park on a stretcher with his left leg in a brace during English Premier League leaders' City's 2-0 victory. Afterwards City manager Manuel Pellegrini said Nasri had damaged his medial ligament, raising fears the player could be ruled out of France's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, which start in June.

However, Nasri - who was due to undergo a scan on Monday - told his Twitter followers: "Thank you everyone for your kind words and overwhelming support, I suppose its kind of good news that I will be out around 8 weeks."

Nasri is now likely to miss France's friendly international against the Netherlands on 5 March while for City he seems set to be ruled out of their last 16 Champions League tie with Barcelona (18 February and 12 March) as well as several Premier League matches, including one against title-rivals Chelsea on 3 February and the Manchester derby on 1 March.