Bacary Sagna Suffers Hamstring Injury and Could Be Sidelined for a Month

Bacary Sagna’s worst fears have been confirmed after the defender has been ruled out for the next three weeks following a hamstring injury.

The French defender was hoping to be part of the national team’s World Cup 2018 qualification game against Sweden followed by a friendly match against Ivory Coast.

This will be considered as important games by manager Didier Deschamps, as the national team want to keep up the good form of recent games. After only managing a 0-0 draw against Belarus in the opening qualification game, France have managed wins over Bulgaria and Netherlands in the last two outings.

Since the competition for the right back spot in the French national team is extremely intense, Sagna is thought to have been keen on being available for selection in the next round of games. However, he suffered an injury while playing against Bulgaria. The 4-1 win for France was a positive news for Deschamps but it was anything but for Sagna.

Apart from losing his first-team spot with the French team, the defender will also have to contemplate the idea of watching Manchester City from the sidelines. It allows Pablo Zabaleta to seize this opportunity in the Pep Guardiola team, which is largely new.

Immediately after the game against Belarus, Sagna says that he felt the likelihood of a hamstring injury and his fears were proven correct. "Before the penalty I accelerated and I think I've torn it a little bit, I'll have exams tomorrow. I do not know if it's serious," said the defender. Apart from being a doubt for the next round of qualification matches, the experienced campaigner will be unavailable for the games against Barcelona and Everton in the Champions League and Premier league respectively. Sagna has made four league appearances under Pep Guardiola this season.