Playmaker is now a major doubt for Saturday’s top-flight trip to Stoke.
Manchester City are facing yet more injury woe after key midfield player David Silva was forced to leave the Spain training camp early with a thigh injury, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The diminutive Spain international was preparing with La Roja for Tuesday night’s friendly against Chile when he suffered the problem, with the 27-year-old being immediately sent back to Eastlands to have the injury assessed and treated.
However, it is still too soon to know whether Silva will be absent from City’s trip to take on Stoke City at the Britannia stadium in the Premier League on Saturday, although this latest news will still be of major concern to recently appointed City head coach Manuel Pellegrini.
The experienced Chilean, who took over from previous City manager Roberto Mancini earlier this summer, has already had to contend with injuries to the likes of captain Vincent Kompany (groin), centre-back Matija Nastasic (ankle), right-back Micah Richards (hamstring) and recent new signing Martin Demichelis (knee).
Luckily for Pellegrini, Nastasic has now recovered from his knock, while England international Richards could make his long-awaited comeback against the Potters this weekend, although central defenders Kompany and Demichelis are both facing lengthy spells on the sidelines.
“After the issues reported by the player David Jimenez Silva after this afternoon’s training session, a scan took place and a light muscle injury was detected,” said a statement on the Spanish Football Federation website.
“For precaution, and to avoid complications with this injury, Silva left the training camp.
“National coach Vicente del Bosque has decided not to call up anyone else to cover the absence.”