Nasri fit for Wigan visit

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is confident Samir Nasri will be able to take his place in the starting line-up against Wigan Athletic despite breaking a bone in his hand while playing for France against Romania in mid-week.

The former Arsenal midfielder made an impressive debut against Tottenham Hotspur in City's last outing but fears were rife that the Frenchman would miss his home bow due to injury.

However, Mancini is insistent that Nasri will be fine for the visit of the Latics, while there is contrasting news for Gareth Barry, Nigel de Jong and Micah Richards.

"For Nasri, it's not a problem because he's not a keeper," Mancini said.

"Gareth has a little problem. I want to see tomorrow but it's difficult. Nigel can play and Micah is okay."

Mancini also gave an update on midfielder Owen Hargreaves, who was signed on deadline day on a free transfer after his release from neighbours United in the summer.


Hargreaves has already been left out of the club's Champions League squad, however Mancini believes the England midfielder should be back in contention within three weeks.

"It was a free transfer, he was without a team," explained Mancini.

"We needed a midfielder and we thought that this could be a good opportunity for us because Hargreaves was a fantastic player.

"He had a big problem in the last two years and I hope he can recover well to be an important player for us.

"After three games we've had two midfielders injured (De Jong and Barry), which is a big problem, but I think that Hargreaves can play in maybe two or three weeks.

"If he's fit in two weeks I think he can play always. He's 30 years old, he's young. He was very unlucky in the last two years but if he can recover well, I don't think he'll have a big problem."

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