Manuel Pellegrini - The Footballing World

Pellegrini upset over Silva injury but hails “important” win

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini was delighted to get back to winning ways after his side’s 2-0 English Premier League win over West Ham United on Sunday, but expressed concerns over midfielder David Silva’s injury.

Coming into the game with back-to-back league defeats, the Etihad Stadium saw the hosts run out winners against a disappointing Hammers side, with James Collins’ bizzare own-goal and Sergio Aguero’s 20th league goal of the season helping City close the gap on third-placed city rivals Manchester United to just a point.

While the City boss was happy with the victory, he was concerned over the well-being of Spain international Silva, after he was caught in the face by West Ham’s Chiekhou Kouyate and had to have extensive treatment before being stretchered off.

After the game, Pellegrini said that there was nothing malicious in Kouyate’s challenge.

“At this moment he (David Silva) is in hospital and they are checking if he has a broken bone in his cheek,” he explained.

“The referee was very near. He decides what happens and gave a yellow card.

“I hope that it was an accidental collision.”

With the Premier League champions having extended the gap between Liverpool, who have a game in hand, to seven points, Pellegrini labelled the win as “important”.

He said: “It was important to win because we come from two defeats.

“We must continue working altogether and it is very important to finish as near to the top of the table as possible.”

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