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Valencia's Silva cleared to play against Real Madrid

MADRID, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Valencia forward David Silva has been cleared to play against Real Madrid in the Primera Liga on Sunday after the Spanish Football Federation's appeals committee overturned his one-match ban.

The Spain international was shown a direct red card in the 17th minute of his side's 3-0 defeat at Sevilla last weekend, after catching Dani Alves in the face with his arm.

The red card was reduced to a yellow, but although he had already earned a yellow card in the fourth minute of the same game, his suspension has been lifted.

The news will be a boost to Valencia coach Quique Sanchez Flores who has mounting injury problems in his forward line.

David Villa is struggling with a thigh strain collected in the 2-0 win over Olympiakos in the Champions League on Wednesday, but is reportedly keen to play against his medical staff's recommendations.

On Friday morning, strikers Fernando Morientes and Francesco Tavano both left training early with a thigh strain and an ankle injury respectively, and are doubts for Sunday.

Valencia are suffering an epidemic of injuries and are already without players such as Edu, Carlos Marchena, David Albelda, Emiliano Moretti, Jaime Gavilan, and Asier del Horno.

Valencia are eighth in the Primera Liga. Real are third.