By Manchester correspondent Alex Stevens
Samir Nasri has been ruled out for another three months after a setback in his recovery from a hamstring problem.
The Manchester City winger revealed on Instagram that he will be sidelined until February in a major blow to manager Manuel Pellegrini.
A picture of a blonde-haired Nasri, showing him on crutches, on the social media site is accompanied by the message: “What doesn’t kill you make you stronger. I will be back better than ever see you in 3 months.”
Nasri, who has started only two matches for the club this season, originally suffered the injury when he came on as a substitute in his side’s 5-1 win over Bournemouth on 17 October.
Pellegrini had used all of his three permitted subs when it became clear Nasri was in pain late on in the game, but the Frenchman remained on the pitch.
It is not clear whether Nasri’s decision to remain on the pitch while injured, despite his side being 4-1 up and effectively having won the game, exacerbated his problem.
Nasri’s lengthy lay-off is another blow for Pellegrini, who has already had to cope with the absence of key players Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta, Fabian Delph and Wilfried Bony for prolonged spells this season.
Aguero and Silva are in contention to return from hamstring and ankle injuries respectively on Saturday when City host Liverpool in a crunch Premier League game.