MANCHESTER CITY have been dealt a potential injury blow after Nathan Ake limped off during Holland’s clash with Spain on Wednesday.
The centre-back, 25, lasted just six minutes before he stopped running and clutched his hamstring.
Man City have been dealt a potential injury blow after Nathan Ake appeared to hurt his hamstringCredit: AP:Associated Press
The defender lasted just six minutes in Holland’s game with SpainCredit: Reuters
Ake left the pitch before being replaced by Ajax’s Daley Blind.
And City now face an anxious wait to see if Ake has sustained a serious injury.
The former Chelsea youngster joined City from relegated Bournemouth in August after his £40million release clause was met.
Ake has made five appearances in all competitions, scoring once.
But there is a possibility he could be out for some time, with serious hamstring injuries taking between four weeks and three months to recover from.
But former City centre-back Joleon Lescott claims Ake should be looking to become the club’s first-choice left-back instead.
He told BT Sport earlier this month: “I believe his future will be as a left-back. I don’t think anyone’s nailed down that position yet.
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“I think he’s aware of that; throughout the season, he’ll play in a number of positions. I don’t think he’ll begrudge it if he doesn’t play in one solid position.”
Another former City player, Owen Hargreaves, added: “He’s just a really good player, at Chelsea he came through as a holding midfielder but he played centre-back last season and can play at left-back.
“He ticks so many boxes, he’s going to be a great squad player.
“When he plays you can trust him. I agree he’ll be hard to get out of the team at left-back.”
Indeed, Ake has previously admitted he doesn’t mind where he plays, adding: “I think I’m more comfortable in the centre but I’ve played all over the pitch when I was younger, in midfield and left-back.
“So I don’t really mind and I think it’s good to play in different positions as that can only help my game.”
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