Manchester City will likely miss the services of the Spanish midfield maestro David Silva in their English Premier League (EPL) encounter against Bournemouth at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. New summer signing, Ilkay Gundogan is also unlikely to feature in a second game in four days.
Silva missed Manchester City’s Champions League match against Borussia Monchengladbach due to a knock he received during training. City won the tie 4-0.
“I don’t think tomorrow will be enough [time]. I didn’t see the doctor or David. I don’t think it’s a big, big problem but it happened two days ago so I don’t think he’ll be able to play.” Guardiola said, according to Guardian.
If Silva is unable to take the field on Saturday against Bournemouth, Gundogan is the perfect replacement for him. However, Guardiola is still unsure of the player’s availability, considering the match against Monchengladbach was his first since joining the Citizens after a lengthy knee injury, this summer.
The Catalan manager praised Gundogan of being a good player. However, he also stressed on the fact that the player is recovering from a lengthy injury and he cannot be forced into matches. His involvement in the match against Bournemouth will depend on what the doctors say.
When asked about the current status of Vincent Kompany, Guardiola said that the defender is still not match fit. He won’t be rushed into matches as the season is a long one and there are many games to come, according to Metro.
Manchester City have been able to register wins in all of their seven matches so far. However, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager was cautious to calm down the expectations.
“The trainers, when we win, after one hour, maybe three or four – we are so, so happy but then after we start to worry about the next one,” Guardiola said.
Meanwhile, Sergio Aguero is finally close to signing his contract extension with City. After having a prolonged negotiation for over a year with the club officials, the Argentina international is close to agreeing a deal which will extend his stay at the Etihad Stadium.
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