Pellegrini reveals Manchester City man has been playing with injury


Manchester City’s manager Manuel Pellrgrini has revealed that David Silva has been playing despite carrying an ankle knock.

Silva, 28, picked up the problem after receiving a kick, and it is testament to him that he has continued playing on with the problem to help ease the loss felt by the absence of Sergio Aguero.

Speaking to Sport360, Pellgrini said

“It is very important at the end of the season to have high individual performances and he is one of our players who is in a very good moment.

“He is playing very, very well. It is with double merit because he is playing with his ankle he hurt during the week. It’s just a kick. I hope he will be fit for the rest of the season.

“Because he played the last two games without a problem, now we have a whole week before we play against Liverpool, so I don’t think he will have any problems.”

Manchester City travel to Liverpool at the weekend in what is probably the most important Premier League match of the season so far with both sides looking to clinch the title.

City will have to wait to find out if they will be able to count on Aguero for the game. Top scorer for the side this season so far, Aguero has missed the last five games after picking up a hamstring injury and has not yet been cleared to play at Anfield.

About the game which sees the league’s two top scoring teams go head-to-head, Pellegrini said

“I think the best way to win games is to score goals. I think, maybe I am wrong, but I always think in the same way as a manager that if you play to draw you will lose. So we are going to play to win. We are not going to play against Liverpool thinking we must draw. We don’t know how to play in that way.

“Maybe I also am wrong, but I prefer important teams, big teams, than those who just want to win 1-0 and give all the possession of the ball to the other team, and score one goal and always defend. That’s why I think Liverpool have a lot of merits in the year they are doing so far, because they are an attractive team and they always score.”

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Lee Hurley

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