David Silva has shaken off a knock and is in contention to make his first start of the season at home to Huddersfield this Sunday. Eyebrows were raised when the brilliant Manchester City midfielder wasn’t even named among the substitutes for the opening day victory at Arsenal.
Silva had only returned to pre-season training a few days earlier but sources close to the player have stated the Spaniard, who announced this week his retirement from international football, has also been carrying a knock for a couple weeks.
The 32-year-old, however, has been able to train without any issues during the last 48 hours and Pep Guardiola must now decide whether to throw him in at the deep end against the Terriers.
The City chief conceded earlier this summer he plans to give Silva more rest periods during his team’s Premier League title defence, to help prolong the career of his main creative force.
Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva has quickly stepped up to the plate in the number ten role, starring during pre-season and scoring the decisive second goal against the Gunners.
Guardiola is waiting to hear the full extent of the knee damage sustained by Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne in training on Wednesday but the availability of his veteran Silva will soften the blow to some degree.