Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been dealt the latest injury blow for the Citizens’ Premier League clash against Liverpool this weekend, at Anfield, with David Silva expected to miss out.
Manchester City will likely be without David Silva for their Premier League match against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday (4.30pm).
The Spaniard picked up a muscle injury during City’s match against Southampton on Saturday, Pep Guardiola confirmed.
Silva, who has taken over captain responsibilities from Vincent Kompany this season, was substituted at half-time against the Saints, with Gabriel Jesus coming on in his place.
He now faces a race against time to be match fit for the champions’ home match against Chelsea, on November 23.
“David Silva was injured. Five minutes before the first half ended he told me he had a muscular problem,” said Guardiola.
“When he has a muscular problem and cannot play more minutes it is because he has something and when it is a muscular problem it is always a minimum of 10-12 days.”
Silva has featured in all of City’s 11 league matches this season.
He’ll be another big blow to Guardiola, who is already inundated with injuries.
City will also be without star defender Aymeric Laporte for the trip to Merseyside.
Laporte picked up a knee injury against Brighton in August, and he’s not expected back until February.
Leroy Sane is also on City’s long-term injury list, after being forced off the pitch in the Community Shield earlier this season.
Rodri and Oleksandr Zinchenko will also miss the Liverpool match, as the Citizens aim to claw back three points in the title race.
Despite being six points behind the Reds, Guardiola doesn’t expect the clash to be a must-win tie for his team.
“We are going to try [to win], but I don’t think so. How many centuries and they don’t lose at Anfield? We will see.
“Now we go to Italy and when we come back we go to Anfield.
“Many things are going to happen and there are a lot of games to play.”
David Silva was injured