Pep Guardiola has suggested that David Silva is a doubt for Manchester City’s huge clash with Liverpool next week after suffering a muscular injury in the club’s win over Southampton this weekend.
The Spanish midfielder was substituted at half-time during the 2-1 victory over Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side on Saturday, with Gabriel Jesus replacing the veteran as Man City came from behind to secure an important late victory.
City next travel to face league leaders Liverpool at Anfield next weekend, in a high stakes encounter between the two title challengers as the champions look to reduce the six-point gap to their Merseyside rivals.
Guardiola has now revealed that Silva is a potential absentee for the meeting with Jurgen Klopp’s side, news which will come as a major blow to the team should the 33-year-old be ruled out.
“David Silva was injured. Five minutes before the first half ended he told me he had a muscular problem,” Guardiola said.
“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.”