Manchester City‘s Samir Nasri is out for about eight weeks due to Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa’s more than harsh tackle on the player. The Newcastle player has come out and spoken about the incident.
Samir Nasri has been ruled out for eight weeks with injury (by Brad Tutterow)
Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri is facing about eight weeks on the sidelines with the knee injury he suffered in the match against Newcastle on Sunday. The 26-year-old was carried off a stretcher during City’s 2-0 Premier League victory over Newcastle. Manager Manuel Pellegrini later revealed that the Frenchman had damaged his medial ligament.
Nasri laster tweeted:
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
— Samir Nasri Official (@SamNasri19) January 13, 2014
Yanga Mbiwa himself has finally spoken about his more than harsh tackle, which had the risk of keeping Nasri out of the World Cup. The Newcastle player was quoted as saying:
“He (Nasri) regained the ball, and I just wanted to prevent him from going forward, so that he fell off balance. It was certainly not my aim to hurt him. It was more a desire to trip him, but there was no malice. Unfortunately there was a consequence (Nasri’s injury). I’ll try again to call him, because I want to apologize in person”.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa’s harsh tackle on the City player only earned him a yellow card and left the City boss, Manuel Pellegrini fuming. The Chilean believed that Yanga-Mbiwa should have been sent off for that tackle. Pelligrini later said:
“It’s very serious. It was a very unfair kick and the player of Newcastle, it was directly a red card. I don’t understand why he was not sent off”.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, who was clearly agitated at Tiote’s disallowed goal, defended his other player and wished Nasri a healthy recovery:
“He made a point in his mind that he didn’t want him to get away, and he was a bit rash in that challenge. He is not like that, though, and I hope Nasri is okay”.
Nasri’s dad himself was left angered by the challenge and commented:
“He did it nastily, the boy was beaten first time and did it with the second challenge. And it wasn’t to try and get the ball back where he hit, It’s just gratuitous nastiness. It’s so disappointing. If you don’t want to let him get past, you pull his shirt, you hold your opponent back, but you don’t attack his legs, they’re a player’s worktools. I hope we’ll be able to banish such tackles from stadia”.