Silva closing in on Manchester City return

The playmaker has been out for a month with a calf injury but, as exclusively revealed by Goal, he has stepped up his rehabilitation with the first team and could feature in Germany
David Silva is in line to return to the Manchester City squad against Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Goal exclusively revealed on Tuesday that the playmaker was set to return to first-team training after a month out with a calf injury sustained in the 5-2 win over CSKA Moscow.

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But Manuel Pellegrini has suggested Silva has a good chance of being back in action next week, with Saturday's trip to Southampton coming too soon, but Stevan Jovetic and Matija Nastasic remain sidelined.

"I think on Monday David Silva will be ready," Pellegrini told reporters. "We’ll see after this weekend and how he is then.

"Stevan Jovetic and Matija Nastasic are also still out."

A 3-2 win over West Brom on Wednesday was just City's third away triumph of the season, and Pellegrini hopes the momentum can be carried into the clash at the Stadium of Light.

He continued: "It was an important three points for us at West Brom. We must continue that against Southampton."