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Samir Nasri expected to miss one month after groin surgery

Manchester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Samir Nasri of Manchester City celebrates scoring the fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium on August 19, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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An unfortunate scenario has befallen reigning champions Manchester City, as they vie to ascend the Premier League standings to sit in the No. 1 spot.

Awaiting surgery on his groin, midfielder Samir Nasri was ruled out for at least a month, during which period he could miss around seven matches, containing games against Hull City this Saturday, West Ham United, Newcastle United and Champions League contests against CSKA Moscow and AS Roma.

“It’s serious because maybe he will have surgery in the next days. I’m not a doctor, but I think he will be out for around one month,” Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini said. “He was training but he wasn’t 100 per cent. He didn’t feel comfortable with what he was doing so the doctor decided that was the best option. Of course he’s a very important player for us and it’s not easy for us to play without Samir.”

On the bright side, Sergio Aguero, the Sky Blues leading scorer last year, and David Silva, another vital force in the midfield, are close to making their return from injury.