Manchester City must wait a little longer to determine the extent of David Silva's latest injury setback
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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is reluctant to use injuries as an excuse with regard to his side's faltering Barclays Premier League title challenge.
Pellegrini's squad have been hit by some notable injuries during the season, with top-scorer Sergio Aguero more than once having to spend a considerable spell on the sidelines.
– Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini
We have had an important amount of injuries during the whole season.
I think it has not only been our team, though.
We play so many games with a lot of intensity and maybe all the teams that play in all the competitions have a lot of injuries.
But, of course, it is a problem.
Man City playmaker David Silva is a doubt for Monday's Premier League clash with West Brom due to an ankle problem.
Jesus Navas has also been struggling with an ankle issue, and Monday's game will come too soon for midfielder Yaya Toure to return after his leg injury.
Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho has admitted that Manchester City suffered "a complete disaster" after being held at home by bottom club Sunderland.
The 2-2 draw, three days after the 3-2 defeat by Liverpool, leaves City's Premier League title hopes in tatters.
Fernandinho had opened the scoring for City less than two minutes into the game but in the end Manuel Pellegrini's tired-looking side were relieved to rescue a point.
– Man City midfielder Fernandinho
The whole team is disappointed about the result, especially in the way we played. The result was a complete disaster for us.
We started well and scored the goal, but for 50 minutes after that we lost control of the game and they played better than us.
We scored after two minutes but then changed our style of game and paid for it. They had three clear chances in the first half and then scored two in the second half, when we lost our position on the pitch.
We need to keep our heads up and think about the next game, when we cannot make a silly mistake, as we did.