Pitch not to blame for Nastasic injury - Pellegrini

28 July 2013 08:01

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has admitted the atrocious conditions were not to blame for the ankle injury that saw Matija Nastasic stretchered off in Hong Kong.

Nastastic suffered the injury during the second half of City's Barclays Asia Cup triumph over Sunderland.

The Serbian looked in pain and Pellegrini now faces an anxious wait to see what the damage is.

"The doctor has to see him tomorrow when we arrive back in Manchester," he said.

"I am concerned but it's better to wait.

"It wasn't the pitch though. He got a kick on his ankle but it was just part of the game."

At least in Joleon Lescott City have an obvious replacement should Nastasic be ruled out for any significant length of time.

They also have a trophy now thanks to Edin Dzeko's early goal.

Of equal importance to Pellegrini though were the performances of new boys Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo, who are slowly getting used to their surroundings.

"I know Negredo very well," said Pellegrini.

Source: PA

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