Manchester City star Samir Nasri has revealed a major setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury he suffered last month after ruling himself out of action for the next three months. The France international was expected to be back available for the visit of Liverpool on Saturday 21 November but has posted a picture of himself on crutches on his Instagram account where confirmed the new blow.
Nasri has been sidelined since a substitute appearance in the 5-1 victory over Bournemouth on 17 October, missing the following three Premier League games against Manchester United, Norwich and Aston Villa, the Capital One Cup encounter win over Crystal Palace and as well the double Champions League duel with Sevilla.
Speaking after the win over Bournemouth, manager Manuel Pellegrini revealed the Frenchman had took a knock in his hamstring during the game, but suggesting it was just a minor thing as he refused to rule out him completely for the following game against Sevilla.
"Nasri had a problem with his hamstring," the manager said then, as quoted by Manchester Evening News. "I don't know because I didn't talk with the doctor yet, but I think it will be very difficult for him [to play on Wednesday]. Unfortunately we knew that he was feeling something after we made the third change, so if not maybe I can change him before. He didn't run too much, he stayed in the middle, so we'll see in the next day what happens with him."
Recent reports suggested that the France international was ready to return to action after the international break in the game against the Merseysiders. However, it looks as if the player has suffered a setback in his recovery after Nasri ruled himself out until February on his Instagram account – although he failed to explain whether it was the same hamstring problem or a fresh injury.
Nasri wrote: "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. I will be back better than ever see you in three months."
However, according to Manchester Evening News, Pellegrini may recover Sergio Aguero and David Silva for the game against Liverpool, while Vincent Kompany may also be available despite his scare with Belgium.