Manchester City star available for derby

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that David Silva is available for the visit of Manchester United to the Etihad on Sunday.

The Spanish playmaker has not turned out for either of City's last two matches - against Stoke City in the Premier League and Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League.

However the 27-year-old has returned to training following his thigh injury putting him in contention to take on the Premier League champions.

The Chilean manager also suggested that Micah Richards may be available to make his first appearance of the season after recovering from a hamstring injury.

"The players who were injured were Micah Richards, he has worked normally with the whole squad, same thing [with] David Silva and [Gael] Clichy starts today," Pellegrini said.

"It's the first day for him [Clichy] so maybe he will not be ready for next Sunday but all the other players except [Martin] Demichelis are fit, no problems."

Having arrived at City over the summer this will be Pellegrini's first experience of a Manchester Derby.

And he was eager to acknowledge how important a match Sunday's clash is.

"I don't need to be here to know how important the derby is, but working here and living here I know it is a special game," he added.

"It is a match of six points. It is very important to win, [against] one of the most important teams.

"It is more important to win than not to lose. Of course if you cannot win it is better not to lose, but we will try to win from the beginning."

Both City and United having picked up seven points from their first four games of the Premier League campaign. 

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