Manchester City have been handed a significant injury boost with news that David Silva is nearing a return to action.
UPDATE: Wednesday, September 25, at 12:45 p.m. BST
City boss Manuel Pellegrini says he hopes Silva can return against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, per Adam Crafton of the Daily Mail:
We will see in the next days what happens with David Silva. The doctor can say better than me what will happen.
For next Saturday, I don't think he can play. Maybe for the next game in the Champions League, he can play.
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Pellegrini originally had faced the media on Friday, confirming to Sky Sports News that Silva had returned to training ahead of the Manchester derby:
Richards is working normally with the squad, same thing with David Silva. (Gael) Clichy starts today but maybe is not ready for Sunday. But all other players, not (Martin) Demichelis, are fit no problem.
Both City and United went into Sunday's match having stuttered out of the blocks in the Premier League title race. However, a thumping 4-1 victory saw Pellegrini's men take the initiative.
For Pellegrini, like counterpart David Moyes, the derby was his first chance to bring bragging rights to the blue half of Manchester and could be crucial in shaping his time at City.
Silva missed the game after returning from international duty with a thigh injury. He also sat out the 0-0 draw at Stoke.
The Spaniard remains City's best link between midfield and attack, floating between the lines to create 11 goals in all competitions for the club last season.
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Richards, meanwhile, is back in contention having made only eight appearances last season.
City easily overcame Wigan 5-0 in the League Cup on Tuesday and now turn their attention toward Aston Villa on Saturday.
Silva has not played for the club since their 2-0 victory over Hull, and it is anticipated he needs another week to fully recover from his thigh problem.