Updates from Friday, April 18
Manuel Pellegrini offered the following update on Friday, per the club's official Twitter:
Updates from Thursday, April 17
Manuel Pellegrini confirmed David Silva missed Wednesday's 2-2 draw with Sunderland due to his ongoing ankle troubles, and he faces a race to be fit for West Brom.
Richard Jolly of ESPN FC quoted Pellegrini saying:
David has a problem in his ankle. He played the last games in that condition but it was a game each week. Playing after three days he couldn’t do it today. We will see if he is [fit] on Sunday for Monday. I hope he can play.
Updates from Friday, April 11
David Silva is fit to face Liverpool on Sunday after Manuel Pellegrini confirmed Manchester City only have one injury problem.
City's official Twitter noted:
Manuel Pellegrini has revealed that the talismanic David Silva has been playing through pain in his efforts to drive Manchester City towards the Premier League title.
The Spaniard is reportedly nursing an ankle injury, which will prevent him from training at times ahead of Sunday's clash with Liverpool at Anfield.
But the Chilean Pellegrini is confident that Silva will play despite his injury, as he has been doing of late.
As reported by Richard Jolly of ESPN FC, the Sky Blues manager said:
He is playing very, very well. It is with double merit because he is playing with his ankle he hurt during the week.
It’s just a kick. He has to stop [training] two or three days during the week. I hope he will be fit for the rest of the season.
Because he played the last two games without a problem, now we have a whole week before we play against Liverpool, so I don’t think he will have any problems.
The 28-year-old starred in City's last Premier League outing on Saturday as they overcame an in-form Southampton side with a 4-1 home victory.
He has scored two goals in City's last five league games, per ESPN FC, and he is a key creator for Pellegrini's side as this stat, via Squawka, shows:
While he may be able to take on title rivals Liverpool on Sunday—the Reds sit four points clear of City at the top of the table but have played two games more—there will be concern about his long-term fitness.
Even if City can overcome Brendan Rodgers' side at the weekend, if Silva's involvement results in him having to be sidelined for a few weeks, the ramifications could be significant.
While the Liverpool game is arguably City's most difficult in the run-in, they still have to face the likes of Everton, who will be harder to beat without Silva in the side.
The Manchester outfit will also be hoping for the return of striker Sergio Aguero, who has missed the last five games with a hamstring injury.
The Argentinian has 15 league goals this season, per BBC Sport, and his return would take some of the burden off Silva in attack.
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