Manchester City midfielder David Silva will miss his seventh successive game after he was ruled out of his side’s clash with Aston Villa on Sunday.
Silva is currently recovering from an ankle injury he sustained while representing Spain against Luxembourg in October.
City thought that the 29-year-old would be able to feature in their Premier League match against Norwich City last Saturday or their Champions League fixture against Sevilla on Tuesday, but Silva’s comeback was postponed as he has not sufficiently recovered.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini revealed that Silva is getting ever closer to his return and is hoping that the midfielder will be back in action in about 15 days.
"David is working with his ankle but he is not 100 percent fit," Pellegrini told reporters. "He tried last week to play a small-side game and he couldn't. I hope in the next 15 days he will be OK."
City will also be without striker Sergio Aguero as he is still nursing a hamstring strain, while Samir Nasri and Pablo Zabaleta have also been ruled out due to injuries. However, Pellegrini is confident that the trio will be available for selection after the upcoming international break.
"We hope that we can recover after this international break," he said. "We hope also that nobody has new injuries. It is very important to have the whole squad [available]."