Manchester City – still coming to terms with their first Premier League defeat of the season – have been dealt another blow via injury to David Silva.
The brilliant Spaniard was substituted during Saturday’s 2-0 defeat by Chelsea and Pep Guardiola revealed he may be out for weeks.
Silva was replaced by Ilkay Gundogan in the 68th-minute of the Stamford Bridge clash, after falling to the turf and clutching the back of his leg.
He is one of a number of players who will miss Wednesday night’s Champions League clash against Hoffenheim at the Etihad Stadium, with Guardiola claiming he only has 15 players to choose from.
‘David Silva is not able,’ said the manager. ‘He will be a few weeks – in the last game he was subbed. Kevin De Bruyne (knee) is not able. Danilo is not able. Sergio Aguero is not ready.
‘We have 15 players available, so I can’t do it too much (rotating). We are in the next stage which is important but we have to try and win every game to finish first.’
There was some good news for City on the injury front, with striker Aguero potentially back for Saturday’s 12.30pm visit of Everton.