Silva could make Man City return for crucial Champions League clash
Manchester City playmaker David Silva could be fit for his side’s vital Champions League trip to Ajax on Wednesday night. Roberto Mancini’s men must secure their first win in the competition this season if they are to retain hope of finishing above either Real Madrid or Borussia Dortmund and progress through to the knock-out stages.
Spain international Silva missed the Premier League champions’ 2-1 victory at West Brom on Saturday after he limping out of his country’s World Cup qualifier with France with a hamstring injury.
However, according to the Manchester Evening News, the 26-year-old will be assessed this week with a view to him playing a part at the Amsterdam Arena.
“We’re having a roll call [this week], with scans and everything,” said Man City assistant manager Brian Kidd.
“With David in particular, we don’t know how long he will be out for. I think we are looking at him thinking he might be in with a chance of playing on Wednesday against Ajax. With a couple of days for it to settle down, we will get a better picture.
Silva has struggled to find his feet at the Etihad Stadium this season after a long 2011-12 campaign that culminated with Spain’s run to victory at Euro 2012, of which Silva was a key part, and Kidd added that he believes that may have contributed to the midfielder’s stuttering start.
“Pre-season was stop-start for a lot of our boys, particularly David Silva, after the Euros. You like to get a good pre-season under your belt, and David, along with Gareth Barry, missed a lot of pre-season. Games bring players on.”
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