Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic injured his ankle in a preseason match against Sunderland.
Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic injured his ankle in a preseason match against Sunderland.
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MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic is likely to miss the opening month of the Premier League season with an ankle injury.

Nastasic was stretchered off during a pre-season match against Sunderland in Hong Kong last month and City says he will be out of action for "four to six weeks.''

The Serbia international, who joined City from Fiorentina last year, will miss the season opener at home to Newcastle on Aug. 19 as well as matches against newly-promoted sides Cardiff and Hull.

Nastasic is likely to return for the trip to Stoke on Sep. 14 after the international break.

City coach Manuel Pellegrini is likely to pair Joleon Lescott in the center of defense with Vincent Kompany.

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