Manchester - Manchester City playmaker David Silva has not suffered any fractures
despite appearing to have sustained a serious injury last weekend, the
English champions said Monday.
Silva was carried off on a
stretcher midway through the second half of City's 2-0 Premier League
win at home to West Ham on Sunday after being caught in the face by an
elbow from Hammers midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate.
Before he was
taken off, Silva was treated on the field at Eastlands for several
minutes, raising concerns about the severity of his injury.
Silva himself moved to calm fears over his fitness by tweeting late on
Sunday: "Many thanks to all the messages of support, all the tests have
gone well and I'm already home. The 3 points is what was important!"
was booked for the challenge but City manager Manuel Pellegrini was
confident he had not meant to injure Silva deliberately.
think that a player doesn't want to damage another player. The referee
was so near and he decided it was unintentional. Nothing more happens."
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce said: "It was pretty innocuous. I didn't think it was a foul."
win, which followed last week's 4-2 derby defeat by Manchester United,
saw them move to within a point of their third-placed local rivals.
also strengthened their bid to play in next season's Champions League,
even if a successful English title defence now looks beyond City given
leaders Chelsea are 12 points clear of Pellegrini's men with six games