Man City midfielder Nasri out of Christmas programme

Roberto Mancini will have to contend with the busy festive period of Premier League fixtures without the services of Samir Nasri, as the Manchester City playmaker has been ruled out of action due to a groin injury, the Daily Mail has reported.

Nasri had to be substituted in the first-half of the 3-1 win over Newcastle United last weekend, with closer examination of the groin injury he suffered revealing he will need at least two weeks’ to recover, raising the prospect that the former Arsenal player will not play again until early 2013.

City play four games in 11 days starting on Saturday, when Premier League strugglers Reading visit the Etihad Stadium. City then travel to Sunderland on Boxing Day before meeting in-form Norwich City at Carrow Road on December 29, with the New Year starting with the visit of Stoke City on January 1.

Nasri appears to be definitely out of the more immediate matches but is also a doubt for the meeting with the Potters at the start of next month. The loss of the Frenchman comes at a difficult time for Mancini, who is also without the ill Mario Balotelli.

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