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Manchester City's David Silva a doubt for Sunday's derby with injury

Pep Guardiola has revealed the 31-year-old, who signed a contract extension last week, is in danger of missing the trip to Old Trafford

  • Andy Hampson

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David Silva is a doubt for the Manchester derby on Sunday Getty

David Silva is doubtful for Manchester City's derby clash with Manchester United on Sunday after suffering a knock last weekend.

The Spain playmaker felt discomfort in the closing stages of last Sunday's victory over West Ham, a game in which Silva scored the Premier League leaders' late winner.

City announced on Monday that Silva would not be travelling to Kharkiv for City's Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday because he was "not fully fit".

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      How did the Premier League's big seven clubs begin the new campaign?

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    • 2/8 Everton (16th after 7 matches)

      Everton made a slow start to the season, despite spending over £133m on new signings. They drew with City before heavy defeats to Chelsea, Spurs and United.

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    • 3/8 Liverpool (7th)

      Liverpool's form remains as erratic as ever. A 4-0 win over Arsenal seemed to indicate that they had turned a corner, before a chastising 5-0 loss away to City.

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    • 4/8 Arsenal (5th)

      The alarm bells were ringing after successive defeats to Stoke and then Liverpool. But Arsene Wenger's side bounced back and held Chelsea to a draw at Stamford Bridge.

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    • 5/8 Chelsea (4th)

      The defending champions have found things more difficult this season and lost two of their opening seven fixtures – to Burnley and Manchester City.

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    • 6/8 Tottenham (3rd)

      Oh, if only Tottenham weren't playing at Wembley. Their away form has been superb with four wins out of four but they remain without a win at Wembley.

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    • 7/8 Manchester United (2nd)

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    It was assumed this was a precautionary measure but manager Pep Guardiola has now revealed the 31-year-old, who signed a contract extension last week, is also in danger of missing the trip to Old Trafford.

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    Guardiola, speaking at his pre-match press conference in Ukraine, said: "David had a little bit of problems in the last minutes. We made a test after the game and I don't know if he is able to play on Sunday, so that's why he stayed there, to recover in Manchester."

    Guardiola was asked for further clarification on the nature of the injury but was unwilling to elaborate.

    He said: "It's something, something uncomfortable he felt in the last minutes, before the goal he felt something."

    After being asked again, Guardiola laughed and said: "Hopefully he can be fit for Sunday but it was too risky to play him (Wednesday)."

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