Premier League - City confirm Demichelis out for six weeks

New Manchester City signing Martin Demichelis has been ruled out for up to six weeks with damaged knee ligaments.

Premier League - Demichelis nears City return

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Martin Demichelis had been ruled out for six weeks (Picture: official Manchester City website)

The Argentine defender signed late in the transfer window predominantly as cover for Vincent Kompany but hurt his knee during a practice match for players not on international duty.

A scan revealed the injury was not as serious as first feared and, although he will not require surgery, the defender is expected to be out for six weeks.

A City statement confirmed: "A knee injury sustained in training is set to keep new arrival Martin Demichelis out for around six weeks. The club doctor confirmed a scan last night revealed ligament damage, but that surgery is not required."

The injury leaves Manuel Pellegrini with Matija Nastasic and Joleon Lescott as his only two fit centre-backs, as the Manchester club are currently also without the services of Kompany and Micah Richards.

Kompany is out with a groin injury while Richards recently resumed training following a hamstring tear.

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