Manchester City expect David Silva to make a swift recovery from his hamstring injury, but the Spain star will miss the club's vital Champions League fixture against Ajax next week.
The 26-year-old limped off after 12 minutes of Spain's World Cup qualifier against France clutching his hamstring, and City feared the former-Valencia star could be set for an extended spell on the sidelines.
And while Roberto Mancini confirmed Silva will miss City's next two matches, against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns and away to Ajax in the Champions League, the Manchester City boss expects the Spain star to return in the club's following fixture against Swansea.
In the Daily Telegraph, Mancini said: "He is not ready for tomorrow, and will not be for the Champions League, but we hope for the next game against Swansea."
Silva's absence for the Ajax game will be a massive loss for City, as they look to kickstart their stuttering Champions League campaign.
The Premier League champions desperately need a win in Holland, after defeat to Real Madrid in the Bernabeu, and a last-gasp draw at home to Borussia Dortmund left them stranded on one point after two games in a fiercely competitive Group D.
But before their attentions turn to Amsterdam, City face West Brom in the Premier League, and Mancini expects his England players - who returned to the Etihad Stadium later than planned after England's delayed fixture against Poland - to be fully fit and raring to go.
"The English players who played on Wednesday are tired but I am not worried, they have another day to recover," said Mancini.
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