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David Silva returns to Manchester City after injury with Spain

Sep 9, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

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After picking up a thigh injury while on international duty with Spain, Manchester City winger David Silva has returned to his club and is a doubt for City’s Saturday game at Stoke City. Picking up what the Spanish federation called a light muscle problem, the 27-year-old has left his national team ahead of Tuesday’s friendly against Chile in Carouge.

Silva dressed for Spain in Friday victory in Finland but failed to get off Vicente Del Bosque’s bench. With Pedro and Cesc Fabregas starting along side David Villa above Spain’s three-man midfield, the reigning world champions won 2-0 in Helsinki, keeping them three points clear of France in UEFA’s Group I. With October home games against Belarus and Georgia closing Spain’s qualifying campaign, the European champions are favored to win their group and qualify directly for Brazil 2014.

While Silva failed to win his 77th cap on Friday, he did pick an injury in training, with his national team describing his release to City as “precautionary.” From The Guardian:

David Silva has suffered a slight thigh injury while on World Cup duty with Spain that could rule him out of Manchester City’s trip to Stoke City on Saturday …

Silva has returned to the club to be assessed by medical staff.

The Spanish football federation reported that Silva had a light muscle problem that was revealed by a scan. “For precaution, and to avoid complications with this injury, Silva left the training camp,” a statement said.

If Silva can’t play on Saturday, the obvious replacement is Samir Nasri – last year’s starting left winger who has been one of Manuel Pellegrini’s first choices off the bench this season.

The absence would add to a mounting list of City fitness concerns, with Vincent Kompany, Matija Natasic, and Micah Richards having already missed significant time with injuries.

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