Manchester City midfielder David Silva will miss Sunday’s derby against Manchester United and faces up to four weeks out with a knee injury, manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed.
Silva was hurt in the early stages of Wednesday night’s 2-0 home defeat to Newcastle in the Capital One Cup as he tangled awkwardly with Ryan Taylor.
"Manuel Pellegrini confirms that @21LVA will miss Sunday’s game. Will be out for 3-4 weeks. #mcfc #cityvunited," City said on Twitter on Friday.
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The injury means Silva will also miss next week’s crucial Champions League clash against CSKA Moscow and a trip to QPR. He could also be unavailable for Spain’s upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Belarus and a friendly with Germany.
Pellegrini, speaking at his press conference to preview Sunday’s game, said: "David has a problem in his ligament. Maybe he will be out around three weeks so he will not be available for the derby.
"He is a very important player but I think we have a squad and we have to replace him with another player."
Midfielder Yaya Toure was also withdrawn as a precaution during the Newcastle defeat due to a groin problem but Pellegrini expects him to be fit to feature this weekend.
Pellegrini said: "Yaya has a small problem. We will see him on Saturday but I think he will not have any problems."