Manchester City have been handed a major boost ahead of Saturday’s clash against Stoke City with the return of David Silva, coach Manuel Pellegrini has revealed.
But P3llegrini will be without Samir Nasri who is still recovering from a muscle injury he sustained in last week’s Premier League win over Chelsea.
“He is fit and in the squad,” he said of Silva’s return in his pre-match conference on Friday ahead of the Premier League clash with Stoke.
“I hope nothing will happen and there will be no problems.”
Pellegrini also stated that he will not prioritise Europe over his pursuit of a top-four EPL finish.
“You always have risks of an injury,” he said. “For big teams you cannot choose on competition.
“For some reason big clubs can be knocked out. It’s important no to leave one competition.
“We’re in the semi-finals, but that doesn’t mean we’re not worried about the Premier League.
“All the big teams must always try to reach the final and be involved domestically to try to win it.
“For us it is very important to get a spot for the Champions League next year.”
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