City’s week has Silva lining

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Manchester City first-team coach David Platt has delivered good news for Citizens fans regarding David Silva.


Platt has confirmed that the Spaniard has been back in training following a foot injury and has started running again.


The former England man expects the Etihad Stadium favourite to be picked by Roberto Mancini for the game against Wigan on Monday night.


“David did a bit of running on Thursday and will do a bit more on Friday. Hopefully he will be back on the training pitch on Saturday,” he said.


City have lost their last two games and will be hoping to avoid a third when they travel to the DW Stadium.


Many have been claiming Mancini’s side are beginning to feel the mental pressure of leading the league, not least Tottenham’s Rafael van der Vaart.


The City assistant refuted suggestions of a psychological collapse and brushed off the blip as something normal for every side.


"No one expected us to continue winning games without having a difficult moment. We can't accelerate the season by four months to see how it is going to turn out,” he added.


“But we are still in the Carling Cup semi-final and our players are quite capable of turning the situation around, and 19 clubs would like to be where we are in the championship.


“It is not a bad position to be in some crisis.”

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