Silva: City helped me through trauma

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DAVID Silva says foot­ball be­came an es­cape for him amid the pre­ma­ture birth of his son, Ma­teo, last sea­son.

The City mid­fielder’s part­ner gave birth in Va­len­cia af­ter a 25-week preg­nancy, and Silva trav­elled be­tween Spain and Manch­ester to still play his part in the Blues’ ti­tle tri­umph.

Ma­teo made good progress in hospi­tal af­ter his De­cem­ber birth and re­turned home in May.

And a proud dad took him on the pitch at the Eti­had ahead of the Blues’ 6-1 win against Hud­der­s­field last month, Silva’s 250th game for the club.

“It was so dif­fi­cult, him be­ing in hospi­tal for so long,” said Silva.

“He was in Spain, mean­ing I had to travel a lot and could hardly train. I didn’t sleep much, I wasn’t eat­ing well. But luck­ily the team were do­ing re­ally well and that helped me a lot. The only time I could get it out of my mind was when I was play­ing.

“Then I would start think­ing about ev­ery­thing once the match was over. But yes, it was a re­ally good es­cape.”

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