David Silva will miss Sunday's Manchester derby and is expected to be out for three week with a knee injury sustained against Newcastle United, Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed.
Silva, who earns £200,000-a-week at Manchester City, was forced off during Wednesday's 2-0 defeat to the Magpies in the Capital One Cup fourth round tie. He was expected to undergo a late fitness test ahead of the crunch clash against Manchester United, but scan results have confirmed he will need an extended period on the sidelines.
The news was followed by confirmation that Manchester United will be without star striker Radamel Falcao. The Colombian picked up a knock in a routine training session and failed a late fitness test.
Manchester City were, however, boosted after it was revealed that Yaya Toure should overcome a small injury concern to compete at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon. Pellegrini said the Ivory Coast international must first come through a fitness test, but is expected to past.
Pellegrini admitted the injury to the Spanish winger, 28, was a blow to the Citizens, but does not expect his absence to harm their chances against Louis van Gaal's side.
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Coping without Silva
"Maybe he (Silva) will be out for three weeks so he will not be available," said manager Pellegrini.
"He's a very important player but I always say the same thing - we have the squad and we have to replace him because everyone has different problems with their players."
On Toure, the Chilean said: "Yaya has a small problem. We will see him tomorrow - I think he will not have any problem."
Pellegrini leads his Manchester City team into the derby under mounting pressure. The team are without a win in their last three games, losing their last two to West Ham and Newcastle United.
A defeat to Manchester United would not only put Pellegrini under more pressure, but would virtually rule them out of the title race at this early stage. Chelsea, who play QPR and are expected to win, would be free to move 11 points clear of the reigning champions. Pellegrini admitted the poor form of his team was of growing concern.
"Of course it's a concern because it is twice in one week we have conceded too many goals and I don't think that we are scoring the chances that we have we don't score, which makes them a little bit nervous,” said Pellegrini.