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Nastasic injury a concern for Pellegrini

  • 30 July 2013 19:00
  • Posted by @dclayton_mcfc

Manuel Pellegrini admits he still doesn’t know for sure how long the injured Matija Nastasic will be out of action.

The Serbian defender was stretchered off against Sunderland in the Barclays Asia Trophy and will undergo further tests before the picture is clearer.

“We will have to wait to find out how serious the injury to Nastasic is,” said the City boss.

“At this moment, we don’t know whether he needs an operation or if there is another solution but I have a lot of players that I can rely on. There are enough players who can come in to replace any that are missing.

Pellegrini confirmed City will have the strongest squad available for the Audi Cup 2013. The City boss revealed that, aside from Nastasic, he will have a full strength team to choose from.

“Are all the players here in Munich?” he responded to a question at the Press conference. “Yes the whole squad is here except for Matija.

“I don’t know who will play against Milan yet. It’s more important we see who is fit and who is ready to play.”

With the German media particularly interested in former Bundesliga star Edin Dzeko’s involvement, Pellegrini added: “With Dzeko we will have to wait and see how he does. Tomorrow we will know if he plays or not."

Pellegrini, who went head-to-head with Pep Guardiiola’s Barcelona when he was in charge of Real Madrid said of his former rival: “Pep’s teams always play good football and if we play his team during the Audi Cup it will hopefully be an enjoyable occasion for everyone.

 

Bayern will be a very important team in Europe and in Germany next season as they were last year

 

...Pellegrini...

One disappointment for the contingent of City fans travelling to Munich is that there will be no Mario Balotelli with AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri confirming the former crowd favourite won’t be competing at the Audi Cup.

“Mario is a very important player for us but he won’t feature in this tournament because he has been away with Italy at the Confederations Cup,” said Allegri. “He has only been back for two days and needs to build up his fitness first.”

Another former City idol now at Milan, Nigel de Jong, is expected to face the Blues for the first time since leaving for Italy in 2012.

The Audi Cup has already proved a big draw for supporters with 52,000 seats sold for Wednesday’s games between City and Milan and Bayern v Sao Paulo and Thursday's matches are already a 68,000 sell-out.

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