Silva: City helped me through trauma
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.”