Manuel Pellegrini expects Frank Lampard to miss Manchester derby

Manuel Pellegrini reveals that Frank Lampard will miss Manchester City's derby with Manchester United, but says that Samir Nasri will be available again after injury.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed that Frank Lampard is unlikely to be available for Sunday's derby with Manchester United.

The veteran midfielder suffered a thigh injury in the 4-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month, and Pellegrini says that the visit of United comes too soon for the 36-year-old.

However, the Chilean is expecting to welcome Samir Nasri back after a five-week absence, and says that the Frenchman will be involved in tonight's League Cup clash with Newcastle United.

Speaking on Tuesday, he told reporters: "Nasri is working normally and is in the squad list for tomorrow. Lampard is out, all the other players in the squad are fit.

"I don't think Frank will be fit for the weekend but maybe he can be fit for next week."

Lampard has struck four goals in seven games since joining the Citizens on a six-month loan from New York City FC.

Manchester City's English midfielder Frank Lampard lies injured during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the The Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England on October 18, 2014
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