By Dominic Toner
Bacary Sagna has been ruled out of Manchester City’s Premier League clash against Everton.
City confirmed on their official website that Sagna will be sidelined for three weeks after picking up a hamstring injury with France.
The defender was forced off after just 27 minutes in France’s 4-1 win against Bulgaria last Friday and will face an extended period on the sidelines.
Sagna, 33, has made five appearances this season and is likely to be replaced by team-mate Pablo Zabaleta at right-back.
Everton winger Yannick Bolasie is set to operate down the left and his pace and trickery should cause issues for the City defence.
Bolasie, 27, is yet to opening his goal scoring account at Goodison Park but has registered two assists and should test experienced veteran Zabaleta.
Everton travel to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday for the meeting and will be just one point behind current league leaders City with a win.
The Toffees have made a strong start to the new season and manager Ronald Koeman has made a posiitve impact since his summer arrival from Southampton.
The Merseyside club are currently fifth in the table and have earned 14 points from their opening seven games.
Koeman will be hopeful that striker Romelu Lukaku can continue his form in front of goal, with the Belgian scoring five goals in seven appearances across all competitions.
City are the bookmakers’ favourites for the Premier League title and won their first six league games, but were recently humbled 2-0 by Tottenham in the league.
Pep Guardiola’s side also slipped to a 3-3 draw with Celtic in the Champions League and Everton will be hopeful of taking something from the game.
In other Everton news, their forward has explained on Instagram why he faked an injury.