David Silva's Manchester City return delayed

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David Silva seems almost set to miss the Stoke game at the weekend and there are doubts whether he will make Manchester City’s Champions League opener against Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday.

Silva returned from international duty early this week for treatment after suffering from a thigh strain.

The City manager, Manuel Pellegrini, confirmed that the Spanish international will not feature for City on Saturday’s Premier League game against Stoke City, and is unlikely to feature against Czech champions, Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday.

Speaking to the Guardian, Pellegrini said, “We will see next week what happened with him. We hope he can be, not sure – we will try for the derby”.

It is likely then that Silva will miss City’s first fixture in Europe and his return is more likely to be for the Manchester Derby scheduled to take place at City on Sunday the 22nd September.

The injury could pave the way for first team opportunities for Samir Nasri or even, new signing, Stefan Jovetic, who has yet to play for City this season in the Premier League.

In regards to the City captain, Vincent Kompany, who has not played for City since their emphatic win over Newcastle in their first game of the season because of a groin injury, Pellegrini said his return could be soon.

He said, “Kompany is OK but it is a big risk for him to play three matches in one week. He needs two or three more days to be 100%”.

This will be welcome news for Pellegrini and supporters as City’s start to the current campaign has seen their squad beleaguered by defensive injuries to Matija Nastasic, who missed the first two games with a knee problem, Micah Richards, who continues to suffer from a hamstring problem, and new signing Martin Demichelis, who has now been ruled out for up to six weeks with a knee injury he picked up in training.

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