David Silva did not train today and has yet to return to Manchester from his latest personal leave, making it unlikely that he will feature against Crystal Palace on Sunday.
The news was reported by Spanish journalist Jose Alvarez Haya, who is becoming increasingly reputable for his scoops on Silva and Aguero.
David Silva did not train today and he is not in Manchester yet. That indicates that tomorrow he will not play against Crystal Palace.
— Jose Alvarez Haya (@10JoseAlvarez) December 30, 2017
This is Silva’s second absence for personal reasons of late, which have seen him return to Spain. He was recently in Valencia and while the reason for his absence is undisclosed, it has been described as family related.
The absence of ‘Merlin’ has not been felt too much on the pitch because of the improving form of Germany midfielder Ilkay Gündogan, who has put in good performances against Tottenham, Leicester and Newcastle in the past couple of weeks.
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