Silva doubtful for FA Cup semi

Manchester City playmaker David Silva could be forced to miss Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea after suffering a hamstring injury.

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David Silva: Had to be withdrawn in the closing stages at Old Trafford

David Silva: Had to be withdrawn in the closing stages at Old Trafford

Silva was forced off late in Monday's 2-1 derby win over Manchester United and manager Roberto Mancini fears the Spaniard will not recover in time to face Chelsea at Wembley.

"I think it is a hamstring injury. Maybe it is not so bad but I don't think he will be ready for Chelsea," said the Italian.

Mancini admits City will need to produce another battling display against the Blues, who have lost only one of their last five games.

"Chelsea are in a good moment, they play well and it will be difficult," he said.

"It will be a good game, probably, but it will be different. Semi-finals are different from championship games."

Mancini felt that City were good value for their 2-1 victory over United, but insisted the title race was still over after the gap between the sides was reduced to 12 points.

"We are happy because we played very well," Mancini said. "This is the most important thing for us. We deserved to win.

"The game before against United we dominated that game and we lost in the end which I don't know how it's possible but this is football.

When asked about the title, Mancini replied: "It's finished.

"What is important is only for the second position. [If we finish] 15, 12, 18 points behind it doesn't change anything. I think that we are like them but they score more than us and this is the difference."

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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