Manchester City playmaker David Silva is facing a tough fitness fight to make the top-of-the-table showdown with Manchester United on Sunday, Roberto Mancini has revealed.
The Spaniard has suffered with a hamstring niggle in recent months, limiting him to twelve appearances this term – though he has started City’s last six games.
However, a fresh setback to his thigh has ruled him out of today’s Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund and leaves Mancini sweating over his fitness for the Manchester derby.
“It’s a hamstring. We don’t know if he can recover for the derby. We will try,” said the Italian.
City bowed out of the Champions League with a draw against Real Madrid but will qualify for the Europa League should they win at Dortmund and Ajax fail to beat Los Merengues.
And Mancini is adamant his players will not lack the passion to overcome a German side he admits are one of Europe’s elite clubs.
He said: “We are a good team. We are a good club. We want to play well tomorrow and try to win.
“We have brought here all the players that are available. The other players that stay at home are injured. The players that are here will do everything to win this game.
“It will be difficult because I think in this moment Borussia are one of the best teams in Europe.”
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