Updates from Saturday, May 3
Silva is on the bench for tonight's match against Everton, according to Manchester City's official Twitter feed:
Silva was later subbed into the match, per City's feed:
Updates from Friday, May 2
David Silva is fit for Manchester City's key Premier League showdown with Everton.
Manuel Pellegrini reported the news on Friday, per City's official Twitter:
PELLEGRINI ON INJURIES: The only player that we have injured is Jesus Navas, all the other players are fit. #mcfc— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) May 2, 2014
PELLEGRINI ON INJURIES: David is a very important player for us, so it is important that he is fit. #mcfc— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) May 2, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, April 30
David Silva is expected to return to the Manchester City squad for Saturday's huge Premier League clash at Everton.
The Daily Mail's Chris Wheeler reports the following:
David Silva is on course to rejoin Manchester City’s title challenge after stepping up his recovery from an ankle injury on Tuesday.
Silva warmed up with the rest of the squad at Carrington before training outdoors on his own yesterday, and City are cautiously optimistic that he could play a part in Saturday’s crunch game at Everton.
Updates from Friday, April 25
David Silva will play no part in Sunday's clash between Crystal Palace and Manchester City.
Manuel Pellegrini was quoted saying by City's official Twitter:
PELLEGRINI: "Silva, Navas and Nastasic are all out with injuries – all the other players are fit. I don't know how much longer for Silva."— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) April 25, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, April 22
Stuart Brennan of the Manchester Evening News has the latest on Silva:
David Silva is facing up to three weeks out with an ankle injury he picked up in last night's win over West Bromwich Albion.
There were fears the little Spanish midfield star would be out for the season and could also miss the World Cup finals after he was stretchered off, his leg in a brace, after twisting his ankle and aggravating a long-standing injury.
But after an examination today, City's medical staff are hopeful he will be able to return before the end of the season, saying he is likely to be out for two to three weeks.
David Silva's contributions during Manchester City's match against West Bromwich Albion were cut short on Monday night, as the Spanish international was forced to leave the pitch on a stretcher as he appeared to roll his right ankle.
The club's official Twitter account first reported the situation unfolding at the Etihad Stadium:
68. Concerns for David Silva who went down after an innocuous challenge with Jones. Could be the end of the Spaniard's night, sadly.— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) April 21, 2014
ESPN FC saw the Spaniard leave the pitch on a stretcher, as his right ankle was also wrapped in a plastic cast:
Bad news for City and Spain: David Silva has to be stretchered off after suffering what appears to be an ankle injury.— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) April 21, 2014
Following the game, manager Manuel Pellegrini updated Silva's status (via the Premier League):
Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini on David Silva's injury: "[He] has a problem with his ankle, we'll see [on Tuesday] how it is." #MCIWBA— Premier League (@premierleague) April 21, 2014
AS had a potential timetable for Silva's return to action:
We're hearing that David Silva will be sidelined for the next 3 weeks after suffering an injury to his right ankle.— AS English (@English_AS) April 21, 2014
The midfielder had been in sensational form for his squad during the 2013-14 season, as his distribution skills have played a vital part in the squad's campaign as second-leading scorers in the Premier League, per WhoScored.com.
With the Premier League race coming down to the wire, any injury to a key contributor like Silva would be a disaster for City, and with the way the player rolled his ankle, fans should fear the worst as ligament damage is never far away.
Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe thought the same thing:
Squawka gave us a key insight on exactly how important the Spanish international has been to his club:
Man City have picked up on average 1.8 points per game in the EPL this season when David Silva hasn't played, compared to 2.43 when he has.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 21, 2014
Should the injury indeed be serious, it would be very bad news for City as well as the Spanish national team. Silva figured to be a key contributor as La Roja look to defend their World Title in Brazil this summer.
Silva's presence on the left wing and his darting runs inside pose tremendous danger for opponents, and his presence opens up acres of space for teammates, both when playing for club and country.
Against West Brom, his teammates were visibly shaken in the wake of the injury as their opponents immediately looked far more dangerous than they had all game long.
Silva will most likely be taken to the hospital to have tests done on his ankle straight after the match, so fans should know soon enough whether the Spanish superstar will be available when the team travel to London to take on Crystal Palace next week.