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David Silva could return against Bayern

December 6, 2013
By Mike Whalley

Manuel Pellegrini insists he has no worries about Manchester City’s away performances as he prepares to welcome David Silva back to his squad.

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Pellegrini’s side have managed only two wins from seven Premier League away games this season, a record he is keen to improve on at Southampton on Saturday.

Silva, 27, will not be involved as he continues his recovery from a calf injury, but could return for the Champions League match away to Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

Without the Spain international, City managed a rare away league victory at West Brom on Wednesday, which kept them third in the table, six points behind leaders Arsenal.

That Pellegrini’s men are still in touch at the top is almost entirely down to their 100 percent home league record, with seven wins out of seven at the Etihad Stadium and only two goals conceded.

The City manager, though, insists that his players do not suffer from travel sickness.

He said: “Even before the West Brom game, I didn’t think we had any problems away from home. Maybe you have a different explanation, but I am absolutely sure that we have no tactical problems in away matches.

“I am also sure that all of the squad has the confidence to continue playing the way we did before, and we are sure that we are going to start winning. We did that at West Brom. We must repeat that at Southampton.”

Silva and captain Vincent Kompany have been Pellegrini’s major injury concerns in recent weeks.

Kompany, 27, came through 90 minutes in the 3-2 win at West Brom after 10 games out with a thigh injury, and is set to play at Southampton.

Silva has missed five games with a calf problem, but should be ready either for Bayern or for the Premier League home game against Arsenal on Dec. 14.

Pellegrini said: “Vincent is OK. We’ll see if he can play two matches in four days, but he is OK. Vincent finished the last game without any problem, and we will wait a few more hours to see if his recovery is perfect. We will decide then, but I don’t think it will be a great risk for him to play another game.

“The problem continues with David Silva, but maybe on Monday, he will also be ready. We’ll see if he can play against Bayern. We’ll look at the way he works tomorrow and on Sunday, and we will decide in the next week.”

Pellegrini has joined figures across the sporting world in paying tribute to former South African President Nelson Mandela, who has died at the age of 95.

The Chilean witnessed for himself the impact that the anti-apartheid icon had in South Africa when City visited the country on a pre-season tour in the summer.

City played on the former leader’s 95th birthday, July 18, against local side Amazulu FC in the Nelson Mandela Football Invitational tournament.

Pellegrini said: “We played on his birthday in South Africa at the beginning of the year. It was a very special thing for the whole team. It was a very significant moment. He couldn’t go to the match, but it was very, very emotional for all of us. He was an important guy for the world.”

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