Pep Guardiola left Bernardo Silva out of the UEFA Super Cup clash with Sevilla and the win over Newcastle due to reported illness issues.
The City boss described the Portuguese as ‘out’ of the weekend’s action but, if the talk of illness is true, his absence is not set to be a long one. However, though pure speculation, it could have something to do with Silva being linked with a move to PSG.
John Stones overcame a hip injury to be in the Super Cup squad but the centre-back then suffered a muscle injury which kept him out vs Newcastle:
“Last training he did not feel comfortable,” Guardiola said of the Englishman. “I don’t know how long he will be out. Now we have a big, big problem especially for this game but in general.”
No return date has been given for Stones.
Finally, Kevin De Bruyne will return early next year after undergoing surgery on his hamstring.
“He is a very important player and it is not one or two weeks,” said Guardiola. “It’s four or five months.