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Pablo Zabaleta

30-Year-Old Defender     Manchester City  Premier


STATUS:  Out   INJURY:  Coach's Decision    EST. RETURN:  8/16/2015
Birthdate:  January 16, 1985    Birthplace:  Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nationality:  Argentina    Height:  5' 9"    Weight:  163 lbs    

July 25, 2015    Pablo Zabaleta News

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Zabaleta will not play in the Premier League season opener against West Brom on Aug. 10 after participating in the Copa America with Argentina, according to Stu Brennan of the Manchester Evening News.

The news isn't overly surprising, as Zabaleta was given a holiday while the rest of the club went to Australia for the International Champions Cup. If he only misses the opener, Zabaleta could be back in the lineup Aug. 16 against Chelsea.

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Pablo Zabaleta: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

April 13, 2015

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Zabaleta assisted on Sergio Aguero's 89th-minute goal during Manchester City's 4-2 loss to Manchester United on Sunday.

Zabaleta's assist was his fourth of the season, but first since Dec. 20, and his only goal of the season came back on Dec. 3 against Sunderland.

December 28, 2014

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Zabaleta had a team-high seven tackles, as well as five clearances and two interceptions during Sunday's 2-2 draw with Burnley.

Zabaleta was a fantasy star in leagues that reward stats beyond clean sheets, though the two goals allowed certainly didn't help. He'll look to bounce back Thursday at home against Sunderland.

December 4, 2014

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Zabaleta scored his first goal of the season during Manchester City's 4-1 win over Sunderland on Wednesday.

Zabaleta hasn't been nearly as active in the attack this season as last term, and the City defense has been up and down in terms of clean sheets. Things don't figure to get much easier this weekend, as they'll travel to Goodison Park to take on an Everton side scoring well lately.

October 18, 2014

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Zabaleta is not in the 18-man squad for Saturday's Premier League match against Tottenham, with Stuart Brennan of the Manchester Evening News speculating that he is being rested after two international games for Argentina in Asia and Manchester City having seven games in 21 games.

Zabaleta not even making the bench is quite surprising, as City will have only Aleksander Kolarov and Dedryck Boyata available off the bench. Bacary Sagna gets the start against Spurs in Zabaleta's place.

October 4, 2014

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Zabaleta picked up his first clean sheet of the season thanks to Manchester City's 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday.

Zabaleta has been a fine fantasy contributor of late, with a two-assist performance preceding his clean sheet in Premier League play. He continues to get involved on the attack, which is a good thing with upcoming matches against Tottenham, West Ham and Manchester United tough from a defensive standpoint.

September 28, 2014

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Zabaleta assisted on both of Edin Dzeko's goals during Manchester City's 4-2 win over Hull City on Saturday.

Zabaleta plays enough in the attack to warrant fantasy consideration from an offensive standpoint, though he has yet to post a clean sheet, typically a more reliable source of fantasy points for a defender. Up next is a tough Champions League match against Roma on Tuesday before a return to Premier League play Saturday against Aston Villa.

September 23, 2014

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Zabaleta will serve his one-game ban for picking up a red card last Sunday against Chelsea during Manchester City's Capital One Cup match against Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday, which means he will be eligible to play in Saturday's Premier League match against Hull City.

While a decision on whether he will start won't come until Saturday, it's great news for fantasy owners that he is able to serve his ban in a match he was unlikely to play in anyway. Zabaleta is still without a goal or an assist, while also searching for his first clean sheet of the season.