Silva out of City’s clashes with Ata­lanta and Liver­pool

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David Silva is set to miss Manchester City’s top-of-the-ta­ble clash with Liver­pool as the Premier League cham­pi­ons face mount­ing in­jury prob­lems when they go to An­field on Sun­day.

The City cap­tain came off at half time in Satur­day’s 2-1 win over Southamp­ton with a mus­cle prob­lem that Pep Guardi­ola be­lieves will rule him out of both Wed­nes­day’s Cham­pi­ons League clash with Ata­lanta and Sun­day’s trip to Mersey­side.

City will be with­out five in­jured play­ers – Aymeric La­porte, Leroy Sane, Olek­sandr Zinchenko, Ro­dri and Silva – for the game against Jur­gen Klopp’s league lead­ers. Four of them started when the two clubs last met, in Au­gust’s Com­mu­nity Shield.

“David Silva is in­jured,” Guardi­ola said. “Five min­utes be­fore the first half ended he told me he had a mus­cu­lar prob­lem. I didn’t speak with the doc­tor but when it is a mus­cu­lar prob­lem it is al­ways a min­i­mum of 10-12 days.”

Guardi­ola has the op­tion of mov­ing Bernardo Silva, who has usu­ally op­er­ated as a for­ward this sea­son, back into the mid­field, but he is short of op­tions for the mid­week meet­ing with the Serie A side as Phil Fo­den, who was sent off in City’s 5-1 win over Ata­lanta last month, is sus­pended for the re­match.

Guardi­ola has vowed not to rest play­ers in Italy to save them for Liver­pool, ex­plain­ing: “We’re go­ing to play with the best team pos­si­ble to win at Ata­lanta and af­ter that we go to An­field. No­body can as­sure me that if we don’t do what we have to do at Ata­lanta then we are go­ing to have a bet­ter per­for­mance against Liver­pool.

“The best way to go to An­field is to play a good game against Ata­lanta, who have been fight­ing with the top clubs in Italy for the last two or three sea­sons.”

City are six points be­hind Liver­pool, but Guardi­ola de­nied it is a must-win game against a side who are un­beaten at home in the Premier League since April 2017.

“We are go­ing to try but I don’t think so,” he added. “How many cen­turies have they not lost at An­field? We will see.”

Reuters

David Silva com­plained of mus­cle prob­lem dur­ing Manchester City’s win over Southamp­ton.

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