By Sam Lee & Paul Clennam David Silva has been ruled out of Manchester City’s Premier League clash with Tottenham this weekend, Goal understands. Big summer signings Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne both scored midweek against Sunderland in the Carling Cup and will be looking to use their creativity and pace to get at Tottenham’s full backs.
The Premier League leaders have been without the pair for the last two games with calf injuries, with World Cup victor Silva’s problem flaring up in the warm-up before the 2-1 defeat to West Ham and club captain Kompany’s sustained in the 2-1 loss to Juventus.
Man City recovered from a poor and disappointing games against Juventus in the Uefa Champions League opener and a shocking defeat to low rated West Ham at the Etihad stadium. “We have one day less because they played on Tuesday and we have to be strong”, he said.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men have beaten Spurs in the past four meetings. Sergio Aguero is fit and should lead the line up front.
City will undoubtedly be favourites to win here but Spurs will be out to prove their worth, especially after the disappointment of losing to Arsenal on Wednesday.
The win have spring plenty of positives for the Blues as four first-half goals ensured they comfortably made it through to the next round of the tournament. Ryan Mason (knee) remains a doubt.
Yaya Toure will be looking to guide Manchester City to their sixth Premier League win in seven games when they take on Tottenham. At the weekend Spurs were excellent against Crystal Palace, dominating possession but the out of form Harry Kane is struggling from a lack of confidence and hasnt found the net yet this season.
Manchester City is first in the league with 15 points having won 5 games and lost 1.
Defenders Pablo Zabaleta and Gael Clichy, midfielders Fabian Delph and Samir Nasri, and forwards Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfried Bony are the other players on Pellegrini’s casualty list. Tottenham fans will be hoping this new work ethic will provide for some joy against a Manchester City team that have dominated them in recent seasons.