City's Negredo to miss start of season

Manchester City FC forward Álvaro Negredo may miss the start of the UEFA Champions League after suffering a broken metatarsal, set to keep him out for "a few months".

Álvaro Negredo of Manchester City FC in action during their English Premier League match against Manchester United FC
Álvaro Negredo of Manchester City FC in action during their English Premier League match against Manchester United FC ©AFP/Getty Images

Manchester City FC may have to contend with the absence of Álvaro Negredo for the start of their UEFA Champions League group stage campaign after the forward broke a metatarsal in his foot.

The fracture occurred during Friday night's friendly against Heart of Midlothian FC and may force the 28-year-old Spaniard to miss City's group stage opener, scheduled to take place on the 16/17 September. "I want to let you know that it's going to be hard for the next few months, I fractured my fifth metatarsal and will be out a few months," the striker said on Instagram. "I will be back stronger than ever."

The injury means the former Sevilla FC marksman misses the English champions' pre-season tour of the United States and will be absent for the start of the Premier League season, which begins for City with a game against Newcastle United FC on 17 August.