Mancini hopes to have Silva back soon for Man City

Roberto Mancini hopes to be able to welcome back David Silva to the Manchester City side as early as this weekend’s Premier League meeting with Tottenham Hotspur, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Silva has missed the last five City games, a period in which the reigning league champions have struggled, winning only twice and seeing Manchester United establish a two-point lead at the top of the table domestically, while facing an early exit from the Champions League on the European front.

It had been hoped Silva would be available for City’s last Champions League game, the midweek draw with Ajax, but the match came too soon for the Spain international, who has been plagued by a hamstring injury that has taken longer than expected to heal.

Without Silva, City struggled to a 2-2 draw, conceding two goals in the first-half, both from corners, but City had a chance to claim a 3-2 victory denied when a goal was harshly ruled out for offside and a penalty appeal by Mario Balotelli went unanswered.

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