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David Silva in line for City return

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed ahead of City's Champions League game that Spanish international David Silva could make his first appearance for the club since the international break on Wednesday.

After suffering a thigh injury on Spain duty, the diminutive midfielder has missed City's last five games but could return to action at the Etihad in midweek.

Speaking to reporters, Pellegrini said:

"David is in the squad. I think he can at least play some minutes. Sergio is fit and he is also on the list."

Silva's absence has been less significant for City in recent games, with Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas both on top form. Sergio Aguero has also been absent, but Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo have both stepped up to take the place of the Argentine striker.

City lost 3-2 to Aston Villa on Saturday, after going 2-1 ahead. City are the top scorers in the Premier League, with only table-toppers Arsenal joining them in scoring double digit numbers of goals.

Pellegrini expects City to find their form against European Champions Bayern on Wednesday:

"Of course, I always expect a big response from the players.

"We respect the Champions League very well and it is very important for us to continue against the most difficult team in the group.

"I am sure we will see a very high performance tomorrow."

Manchester City are seventh in the Premier League table on 10 points - three ahead of local rivals Manchester United. They defeated Czech champions Viktoria Plzen in the last round of Champions League games and hope to carry their form into the game against Bayern.

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