Manchester City will have to do without right back Pablo Zabaleta for about a month as the defender will be sidelined due to a knee injury.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini spoke to the media ahead of Sunday’s game against Everton and revealed that the team will be without Zabaleta for a while.
“Pablo Zabaleta yesterday had a problem in his knee with his ligaments so he will be out for around one month,” Pellegrini said to The Daily Mail.
Zabaleta spoke to mcfc.co.uk. about the injury.
“It happened in training,” Zabaleta said. “It’s the first time in 12 years of senior football that I’ve ever been injured like this so it’s a blow, especially at the start of the season.”
The 30-year-old Argentine has spent seven years with City, playing in over 280 games for the club. Zabaleta has been a mainstay in a squad that has seen a lot of turnover, as he signed one day before the Aba Dhabi United Group took over as owners of the club.
Zabaleta can play both on the right and left side of defense, but has excelled on the right side. He had four assists last season and is a great crosser of the ball, along with being defensively sound.
With Zabaleta out of the lineup, Bacary Sagna could take his spot at right back. Sagna, 32, joined City last summer on a free transfer after spending seven seasons with Arsenal. He made nine league appearances for City last season.