Guardiola: Nasri yet to play in pre-season because of weight
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 29, 2016 08:25 AM
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, speaks during a press conference at the Olympic Sports Center Stadium in Beijing, Sunday, July 24, 2016. Manchester City will play a friendly soccer match against Manchester United in Beijing on Monday night. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says midfielder Samir Nasri hasn't featured yet in the pre-season friendlies because he is overweight.
Nasri was not in the France squad for the European Championship so returned to pre-season training at City having not played since May.
Guardiola says "Samir arrived a little bit overweight ... but he's much, much better now."
City's new manager hopes the 29-year-old Nasri will have lost the excess weight in two weeks.
Speaking after City beat Borussia Dortmund on penalties in a friendly on Thursday, Guardiola said there's "still a little bit of weight. And last season he was overweight and he was injured all the season. We want to avoid that.