Manchester City’s Silva sidelined for a month

Manchester City playmaker David Silva could face a spell on the sidelines of up to a month following a calf strain he sustained in City’s Champions League win on Tuesday, Sky Sports has reported.

The Spain international started in City’s 5-2 over CSKA Moscow at the Etihad, but only lasted 66 minutes and was forced to come off due to the injury.

It will come as a blow to Pellegrini has already lost key players to injury. He said: “I don’t know how many weeks at the moment, but it could be three or four.

The 60-year-old is already without captain Vincent Kompany and there are question marks over the fitness of fellow centre-back Matija Nastasic and midfielder Fernandinho for Sunday’s trip to Sunderland.

He added: “It (the Kompany injury) was diagnosed as being a five-week problem. That was three weeks ago, so he should be fine in another two weeks. We hope if he continues this way he will be fine.

Man City will be looking to turn around their miserable away form this season with a win at The Stadium of Light, where they face relegation threatened Sunderland who come off the back of a midweek win over Southampton in the Capital One Cup.

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