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Pep Guardiola upbeat over David Silva injury ahead of Manchester City’s Real tussle

Concern: Silva went down against West Ham PICTURE: GETTY

PEP GUARDIOLA is hopeful David Silva will be fit for next week’s Champions League match against Real Madrid after he hobbled off during Manchester City’s win over West Ham on Wednesday.

Playmaker Silva came off in the closing stages at the Etihad but Guardiola does not think the problem is serious.

‘He told me that he felt something,’ Guardiola said. ‘But I don’t think it was a big issue. He played really well and we will see in the next days.

‘He told me he had more caution after what happened near the goal. We will see with the doctors.’

Next Wednesday’s last-16 clash at the Bernabeu has taken on added focus in the wake of Uefa handing City a two-year ban from European football for ‘serious breaches’ of Financial Fair Play regulations, potentially meaning this is Guardiola’s last chance to win the Champions League with City.

Raheem Sterling is already an injury doubt for the trip as he recovers from a hamstring problem suffered at the start of the month, and the fixture clearly weighed on Guardiola’s team selection against West Ham as Fernandinho did not start a league game for the first time since September.

Instead Aymeric Laporte lined up alongside Nicolas Otamendi in defence, with the Frenchman playing only his second game since suffering a serious knee injury in August.