David Silva ruled out for three weeks
- 31 October 2014 13:19
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that David Silva will miss the Manchester derby.
The Spanish playmaker sustained knee ligament damage in the fourth minute of City’s Capital One Cup defeat to Newcastle and will not recover in time for the visit of Manchester United on Sunday.
Speaking at his press conference at the Etihad Stadium on Friday afternoon, Pellegrini ruled out Silva for at least three weeks but he expects Yaya Toure to be fully fit for the meeting with Louis van Gaal’s side.
“David has a problem with his ligament and he will be out for about three weeks, so he will not be available,” Pellegrini confirmed.
“Yaya has a small problem. We’ll see tomorrow but I think he will be fine.
“David is a very important player but I always say the same thing. We have a squad and we have to replace him with another player.”
City are looking to end a run of three games without a win on Sunday afternoon.
A draw with CSKA Moscow and defeats to West Ham and Newcastle left the Chilean with some difficult questions to answer but he brushed off any talk of a crisis at the club, stating that he expects his side to return to their normal form - starting this weekend.
“I think that we can play faster than we are doing,” Pellegrini reflected.
“But still, I remember the games against the Newcastle and West Ham, the best player was their goalkeeper.
“The players know perfectly well what they are doing and I am absolutely sure we will return to our normal performance."
“If I think back to a year ago, I was answering the same questions. When we didn’t win away for the first six games – it was the same questions I just answered now.
“I will continue to play the same way.”
Much has been made of overhaul of the Manchester United squad in the summer.
Sunday's visitors have brought in a raft of new signings as they look to improve upon their seventh place finish last season.
Pellegrini is certain that it will be a difficult game for his side but refused to get carried away with talk that this is the biggest game of the campaign at this early stage.
“I expect that we are going to have a tough game against a very good team with very good players,” he declared.
“It’s not the biggest game for me - all of them are. Especially when you have to win three points. Especially against Liverpool or Chelsea it’s a game of six points. If you win and your rival doesn’t win.
“I always say that I am not the kind of manager that thinks because you win you did one thing or when you lose, the other thing. It’s important to play in the same way and it’s the players make the difference."
No alarm bells ringing then, but a repeat of City’s 4-1 win in the first derby of last season would surely be just the tonic for Pellegrini after a tough ten days.
“The game we played here, the first one at the Etihad was in a moment where I was new here, where maybe there were a lot of doubts about the result but I never changed my mind in the way we have to play against any other team,” he said.
“I remember the exact moment when I told the players to work in exactly the same way. That was an important moment and we really played very well.
“It was three points, like every other game. For supporters it’s a special game and we know that. We know what it means to win against Manchester United.
“I think that on Sunday it will be City v United and last year it was the same. It was not me versus Moyes and this time it’s not me versus Van Gaal.
“It doesn’t depend on what we do in the games before the derby, it’s important for us to play well against Manchester United.
“We are a team and we need top players with top performances all the time.”