By Paul Clennam
Manchester City playmaker David Silva has been given the green light to return to first-team training after a month out with injury, Goal can reveal.
The Spain international limped out of City’s 5-2 demolition of CSKA Moscow a month ago and has missed his side’s last four matches.
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The 27-year-old is likely to return to the substitutes’ bench against Bayern Munich in the Champions League next week and should he come through unscathed will be in contention to be selected against Premier League leaders Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
In Silva’s absence City have continued their free-scoring form on their own patch, scoring 13 goals in three games against Swansea, Tottenham and Vikoria Plzen with Samir Nasri enjoying a rich vein of form.
City currently trail Arsenal by six points ahead of Wednesday’s trip to the Hawthorns where they could welcome back skipper Vincent Kompany who has been out since October with a groin injury.