Date: 15th December 2016 at 8:35pm
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Head coach Walter Mazzarri has given the best update he can on the injury sustained by Roberto Pereyra.

The midfielder picked up the injury in the game against Manchester City in midweek at the Etihad Stadium and had to be substituted after only 30 odd minutes of the game had been played.

Speaking to Sky Sports on Thursday as he met with the media, Mazzarri admitted there was hope that the Argentinian had avoided a serious knee problem, but until proper scans and assessments were done the gaffer couldn’t rule out a lengthy spell on the sidelines for the summer signing.

Even best case we are still probably looking at a lay off of a good few weeks in reality and that would mean no return presumably until mid January following the turn of the New Year – but again that could be optimistic.

‘We still have to wait for some evaluations of the MRI and scans. Then we will be able to give an answer, probably after the next game. For sure it won’t be too short. From my experience I have a feeling that it’s not a terrible, terrible injury, but at the same time I think it’s not very short as an injury.’

Questioned more about the Manchester City game and the defeat, Troy Deeney’s search for his 100th club goal came up as a topic with him still stuck on 99.

‘These are moments that can happen for a forward to have in his career. He was unlucky last week because he had chances to score and didn’t. These are moments that for a striker can happen. Maybe he’s feeling the pressure of these 100 goals but for us it’s just important he plays for the team and then scores. I’m not sure if it will be good for him to have had a rest or not, we will see.’

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