Compassionate Pep welcomes Silva back into City squad for trip to Stoke

Laverne Higgins
March 12, 2018

He went back after the game against Basel last week but he came back, has trained and is ready to play against Stoke.

Silva missed last Wednesday's Champions League match against Basel in order to visit his partner and child, but is set to return for the match at Stoke.

Following Monday night's Premier League clash at Stoke City, the Citizens will fly out for a warm weather training camp and will remain in the Gulf until Saturday.

Guardiola, meanwhile, has thanked Manchester City's owners for standing by him when he failed to deliver any trophies in his first season at the club.

"A lot of foreign young players also come to play in England and when they go to play for their national team, it makes them stronger".

Silva was permitted to return home while City wrapped up the home leg of their round of 16 Champions League tie against Basel last week but is back in the United Kingdom and ready to play at Stoke on Monday evening.

"Hopefully he can solve [the situation] as soon as possible, his lovely kid can grow and grow back at home and he can stay with us all days". In a complicated league with the physicality, the weather conditions, the pitches, he has survived to be one of the best players in England for a decade.

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"It's a long time here and he is playing at a high level". It means a lot.

"He is a huge competitor".

Pep Guardiola is hoping to welcome Fernandinho, Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph back into action after the trio were hit by injury. He will miss two weeks but only one City match due to the global break coming up. Fernandinho and Sterling are much better.

"The players are off today so I do not know the exact situation".

"I don't like to play on Monday because the weekend, everybody is involved, and when the weekend is over, they are like "the weekend is over", there are no more games, but we have to play".

Stoke have played to successive draws with Brighton (1-1), Leicester (1-1) and Southampton (0-0) in their last three games. It was tough. But before that, he played one game, rested for two, one game, rested for two, because after six months, the next step is muscular injuries.

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