Pellegrini: Silva ‘not 100 per cent’ but will be on bench

Date published: Friday 6th November 2015 2:48

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Manuel Pellegrini is prepared to put David Silva on the bench again on Saturday despite his ankle not being 100 per cent.

City travel to Aston Villa on Sunday, with Silva being nursed back from an injury sustained on Spain duty during the last international break.

The playmaker is set to be among the substitutes with former Villan Fabian Delph.

“Maybe Clichy and Delph are not ready to start but they are to be on the bench and that’s important,” Pellegrini said.

“Clichy can play on both sides which is important as Zabaleta is injured. Silva is working – his ankle is not 100% fit. He tried last week to play a small-sided game but he couldn’t. I hope after these 15 days he will be OK.

“The Spanish national team know David cannot play and so there is no problem.

“We hope that all of the players will have recovered after the break and that there will be no injuries. It’s very important to have the whole squad.

“I hope that after the break we can rotate as we have to play a lot of games – you cannot win trophies with just 11 players.”

The trip to Villa Park is the first time Delph has returned to his former club, where he was skipper before choosing eventually to join City in the summer.

Pellegrini said: “Maybe it’s the same as when we played against Sevilla with Jesus Navas.

“Fabian played at Villa for a long time but he’s a professional player and now plays with us. I know he wants to play as he’s had so many injuries.

“It’s good for Fabian to play for England too as he’s working normally.

“He played some minutes in the Champions League and maybe he will play some on Sunday. It’s good for him to play for his national team.”

Sunday’s hosts will be led by new manager Remi Garde for the first time since he offically took the job on Monday.

Pellegrini says City must be wary of a Villa side looking to make an impression on the new boss.

“There is no easy games in the Premier League, especially against Aston Villa,” the Chilean said.

“Always when you have a new manager, you have some reaction.

“They’re at the bottom, they have a new manager, so they have the motivation not to be relegated.

“He [Garde] was at Carrington two years ago but I don’t know him too much.

“He was a friend of Patrick Vieira’s so he wanted to talk about football and working – he’s a young, experienced manager at an important club like Lyon. I am sure, after this game, he will have a good career at Villa.

“I spoke with the players and we talked about doing what we did against Sevilla. We can’t just think we can do the same this time unless we have the same concentration – it will be a tough game.”

Like Delph, Micah Richards will also be facing his former employer when he captains Villa against City.

On the former England defender, Pellegrini said: “Unfortunately for Micah, who was an important player for this team as he came through the youth ranks, he had so many injuries while he was here, in the one season with me.

“After that he went to Italy and then went to Villa. He’s an important player as he was with us.”

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