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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has received a massive blow with the news that David Silva will miss up to four weeks because of a calf injury.
The Spanish maestro picked up the problem during Tuesday’s 5-2 Champions League win over CSKA Moscow, initially ruling him out of Sunday’s trip to Sunderland, while he also looks set to be absent for the league fixtures with Tottenham, Swansea and West Brom.
The news comes as a huge blow to Man City as Silva has been in magnificent form, starring in the 7-0 win over Norwich, while also playing a leading role in the midweek win over the Muscovites but Pellegrini has now confirmed the bad news.
He said: “His problem is his calf. I don’t know exactly how many weeks it will be, but maybe three or four weeks.”
The Chilean boss also spoke about the fitness of captain Vincent Kompany on Friday, who has been in and out of the side this season due to his own calf problem.
The skipper limped off during last month’s home win over Everton and the 2011/12 champions have noticeably struggled at the back in his absence.
However, he will once again be missing for the trip to the Stadium of Light but Pellegrini is confident his talisman will be back sooner rather than later.
“Kompany was ruled out for five weeks when he was diagnosed,” the former Real Madrid boss added. “He’s in his third week, so he needs two weeks more. We hope his recovery will continue in the same way and he will not have any problem.”