Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said he hoped the ankle injury sustained by midfielder David Silva was not serious after it overshadowed his English Premier League side’s 3-1 win against West Bromwich Albion.
City are six points behind EPL leaders Liverpool, with a game in hand, with goals from the Argentine trio of Pablo Zabaleta, Sergio Aguero and Martin Demichelis securing victory at Eastlands on Monday.
But the three points came at a cost, with Spanish playmaker Silva taken off on a stretcher in the second half after an awkward tangle with West Brom’s Morgan Amalfitano.
Pellegrini confirmed that Silva, who returned to the side after he missed City’s 2-2 draw with Sunderland, would be assessed by the club’s medical staff in the next 24 hours.
“He has played the last three games with some pain in his ankle,” Pellegrini said. “We don’t know if that pain has increased or if it is another problem.
“We will see with the doctor what happened with David. Hopefully, it will be a short term injury.
“He played the last games with pain in his ankle. That is why it was impossible for him to play against Sunderland because, after three days, he can’t recover from his problem.
“Now we will see what happens with David. It’s the same ankle. His injury started with a kick some weeks ago and, every week, he plays in the last game with pain.”
Pellegrini insisted this victory showed third-placed City would not let their standards slip during the remainder of the season as they looked to maintain the pressure on Liverpool and Chelsea, the two teams above them on the table.
“It’s exactly the same but we now have three more points,” Pellegrini said.
“We always talk with the players that if Liverpool win their three matches and win 14 in a row, they will be champions,” the Chilean added.
“But our duty is to try to win the games and, in that way, Liverpool can feel pressure. We have to do our work and our work is to win our games.”