Manuel Pellegrini, Manchester City manager

Pellegrini: Hart Out, Silva, Bony Fit; Iheanacho Available

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed that midfielder David Silva is available for Saturday's Premier League game against Southampton at the Etihad.

Silva has not played for the Manchester club since the ankle injury he sustained in Spain's win over Luxembourg last month and has suffered setbacks as he has continued to feel pain.

However the team will be without England goalkeeper Joe Hart for the game. The keeper came off on Wednesday in City's Champions League loss to Juventus in Turin.

Hart could also miss his club's next game after this weekend against Stoke and possibly the Capital One game against Hull City.

Pellegrini spoke to the media in the pre-match conference on Friday.

"David Silva and Wilfried Bony are both in the squad list.

"Joe Hart has a muscle injury. You never know as he improves but maybe he will be out for 10 days. Fortunately it is not a very serious injury but he has a muscle injury so it is important for him to recover well."

Hart's understudy Willy Caballero struggled in his only Premier League appearance this season, the 4-1 defeat to Tottenham, but Pellegrini believes the Argentine can cope in Hart's absence.

"I trust a lot in Willy Caballero so I am sure he will have a good performance in these games," he added.

"Maybe he made a mistake against Tottenham but I think a lot of goalkeepers make mistake. Every player makes mistakes. Willy played very well in both games in the Capital One Cup. We lost Joe in a very good moment but that happens."

Captain Vincent Kompany remains sidelined by a calf problem while Eliaquim Mangala will be out for the next two games and Pablo Zabaleta is unlikely to play in the next three because of his third knee injury of the season.

"Mangala has a muscle problem in his hamstring," Pellegrini explained. "I hope he will be fit for Stoke. Zabaleta has the same injury in his ligament in his knee. He needs to make a treatment. He will be out for at least 10 days."

Bony has missed City's last two games with the hamstring injury he suffered during the 0-0 draw at Aston Villa while fellow forward and Super Eagles striker Kelechi Iheanacho, who is ineligible in Europe, is available again, but midfielder Samir Nasri remains out.
 

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