Date: 25th January 2016 at 3:52pm
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Samir Nasri has said he’s hopeful of making a return in March from his long standing injury.

With eight appearances and one goal to his name so far, and his last appearance coming in the game against Bournemouth in mid October before he picked up what was thought to be a season ending injury in training, Nasri has explained that he’s hoping for an international break March return and if all goes well, he could come back into manager Manuel Pellegrini’s thoughts for the remaining five/six weeks of the season.

Speaking to the Official Site Nasri looked back on how he picked up the thigh and tendon problem, and then talked of his hopes for a return to action before the end of the campaign.

‘We had a session after the October international break and everything was going well. Then, right at the end I played a one-two with Fernando and the ball was a little bit behind me – we were playing two-touch – and I had the ball ready to shoot but I could see Aleks coming from behind me. I hesitated before I shot and wasn`t quite sure what I was going to do. I went for the shot and as soon as I did, I felt my leg going from under me with no challenge and I just screamed as I hit the ball because the pain was so intense and collapsed on the floor.’

He went on to say that at the moment he is ahead of initial projections and he obviously hopes that continues without complications now.

‘The original estimate by the doctors was that I`d be out for between four to six months and the surgeon told me the same, but I`ve already done two months and I`m targeting the international beak in March to be back properly with the squad. I broke my fibula during my second year at Arsenal and was out for nearly six months but with this injury I had to have an operation that resulted in nearly 100 stitches in my thigh – my surgeon told me this was a rare injury as the muscle had detached from the bone and the tendon was also 90% detached and had to be stitched back together so it was something that doesn`t happen very often.’

With plenty of assumptions it would be season over for the Frenchman, he’s clearly delighted with his progress so far.

‘I`m a little advanced on my schedule. Everything goes a little slow at this stage but I`ve started to do the rehab in the gym, doing two of three hours` work on the bikes trying to build the muscle back up and this week I should start to run again which is pretty good news. It also means I`ll be sort of back training with the squad and will see my team-mates every day. We have a schedule and at the moment we are ahead. We have a fantastic medical team here and though you always want to set targets to be back as a soon as possible, I want to return and be fully fit without any problems because this was kind of a big injury.’

Adding.

‘The physios are having to be careful about how I recover, but I want to work hard and be back with the squad before the end of the season and I want to be back training normally with the team towards the end of March.’

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