Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini revealed midfielder David Silva is conscious and will be assessed in hospital after picking up a serious-looking injury in Sunday’s 2-0 English Premier League win over West Ham United.
The Spain international was caught in the face by a flailing elbow from Hammers midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate and the injury looked serious after receiving a lengthy treatment.
Silva was stretchered off the Etihad Stadium pitch in a neck brace, but Pellegrini revealed that the player’s condition is not as bad as first feared.
However, Silva does face hospital tests to determine the extent of his facial injuries.
“We will see. He is now at the hospital looking at his cheekbone and at the moment we don’t know,” the City boss said.
“It was serious with his neck. He is OK now. We will know more.”
Pellegrini added that he does not think Kouyate intentionally hurt Silva in the challenge and accepted the decision of the referee to book him.
“I always think that a player doesn’t want to damage another player,” he added.
“The referee was so near and he decided he was unintentional. Nothing more happens.”
Sky Sports pundit Niall Quinn, however, was not happy with the clash, and believes Kouyate caught Silva with his arm intentionally.
“I’m not going to stand here and defend that as a mistake, as an accident. If I’m asked to give my opinion, I think there’s intent there.
“The important thing is David Silva, because it didn’t look good for him at all. Our thoughts are with him and we don’t know exactly how he is yet.”