Pep Guardiola says that David Silva is not expected to be fit for Wednesday’s Champions League trip to Atalanta along with next Sunday’s Premier League assignment away at leaders Liverpool.

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The City captain was substituted at half-time during Saturday’s dramatic 2-1 win over Southampton.

And speaking at his post-match press conference, Guardiola revealed that Silva had been replaced after reporting a ‘muscular problem’.

The City boss added that he expected the Spanish midfielder to be out of action for ’10 to 12 days.’.

“Five minutes before half-time David told me he had little problem muscular,” Guardiola confirmed

“(Will he be OK for Atalanta and Liverpool?) I don’t think so.

“I didn’t speak with the doctor but when he has some muscular problems and cannot play more minutes it’s because he has something, and muscular problems normally means 10 to 12 days (out).”

It’s the start of another big week for the Club, with City knowing that a victory in Italy would secure our passage through to the last 16 of the Champions League.

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A first league win at Liverpool since 2003 meanwhile would reduce the gap at the top of the Premier League to just three points.