Pep Guardiola has declared David Silva fit ahead of Manchester City’s table-topping clash with Manchester United this weekend.
The Spanish midfielder was left at home instead of travelling to Ukraine to take part in the club’s 2-1 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday, on account of not being “fully fit”.
United manager Jose Mourinho accused long-time rival Guardiola of mind games earlier this week, insisting he would not “lie” about the fitness of his players.
City are currently eight points ahead of United in the Premier League, and can take their lead into double figures with a victory at Old Trafford this weekend.
Guardiola’s side have yet to lose in domestic competition, only dropping points in a 1-1 draw with Everton in August.