Bernardo Silva Injury Adds to Manchester City's Growing List of Absentees
Manchester City's Bernardo Silva Faces Short-Term Injury as Squad Struggles with Multiple Absences
Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva could be sidelined for several games due to an injury sustained during their Champions League match against Red Star Belgrade, according to manager Pep Guardiola. Silva was forced to leave the field before halftime during City's 3-1 victory in the Champions League group stage opener.
City, currently leading the Premier League table, is facing a growing list of injured players, including Kevin De Bruyne, Mateo Kovacic, John Stones, and Jack Grealish. Guardiola had previously expressed concern about their situation after Silva's injury.
Guardiola confirmed, "It's a minor injury, and he will be out for a week to ten days." He attributed the increase in injuries to the demanding schedule, emphasizing that playing multiple matches in quick succession without sufficient rest increases the risk of injuries. Guardiola acknowledged that muscular injuries could lead to players missing substantial game time.
Regarding Jack Grealish, who has been dealing with a thigh injury, Guardiola mentioned that he has resumed training and might be available to play for a few minutes. Mateo Kovacic, recovering from a back injury, is still in the process of recuperation.
Guardiola expressed his confidence in the team's younger players, highlighting the impressive performance of 23-year-old Julian Alvarez, who has contributed four goals and two assists in his last five games. He commended Alvarez for his consistent positive attitude, both on and off the field, and mentioned that the young talent had earned his place in the starting lineup due to the team's current injury woes.
Guardiola stated, "He always has good behavior, whether he's playing or not, whether he's a world champion or not. It's always the same. He handles disappointment well when he doesn't play but remains ready for any opportunity. With the current injuries, he's received more playing time and has made valuable contributions. He needs to keep it up."