Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says that midfielder David Silva is doubtful for his team’s upcoming matchup against Manchester United on Sunday, via Joe Prince-Wright of NBC Sport’s Pro Soccer Talk.
“David Silva has a little problem – I don’t know whether he will recover for Sunday,” said Guardiola.
Silva is currently tied with teammate Kevin De Bruyne for the Premier League lead in assists with eight and is a crucial part of Manchester City’s attack. He also just signed a one-year contract extension with the heralded club. Due to Silva’s probable absence, Manchester City may promote Phil Foden as bench depth. As far as who will take Silva’s place, the team can turn to either Bernardo Silva or Fabian Delph.
Silva is in his eighth year with Manchester City. He transferred over from Valencia in June 2010 after spending four seasons with the Spanish league club. Since then, Silva has been one of the most consistent contributors on Manchester City’s roster, and over his eight years with the squad, he has registered 53 goals in 325 appearances. Prior to his time with Valencia, Silva spent one year with each of Eibar and Celta Vigo, both Spanish clubs. He began his professional career with Eibar back in 2004-05.
Silva has also played on the Spanish national team since 2006.
Manchester City will not be the only team in this upcoming game that will likely be missing a key player, however. Manchester United will be without Paul Pogba, who has been suspended due to a red card that he received against Arsenal.