Manchester City playmaker David Silva is a doubt for Sunday’s derby against Manchester United after missing the Champions League trip to Shakhtar Donetsk through injury.
The 31-year-old picked up the problem late in Sunday’s 2-1 win over West Ham.
“I don’t know if he is able to play on Sunday. That’s why he stayed in Manchester to recover,” said boss Pep Guardiola.
City have already secured top spot in Group F with five straight wins.
Guardiola refused to reveal details of the injury, saying only that it was “something uncomfortable”.
Silva, who signed a contract extension earlier this week, has started four of City’s last five Premier League games.
Bernardo Silva, signed from Monaco for £43m in May, could step in for his namesake in Ukraine and make only his sixth start for the club.
The Portugal playmaker would also be a strong option to start this weekend’s Premier League match at Old Trafford if the Spain midfielder is ruled out.
Kevin de Bruyne is suspended after picking up three bookings in the tournament but, with their place in the last 16 of the Champions League already assured as group winners, City could also give game time to some of their young prospects.
Under-17 World Cup winner Phil Foden is joined by fellow England youth international Tosin Adarabioyo and Spanish forward Brahim Diaz in the travelling squad.
A draw for Shakhar would guarantee them a place in the round of 16, but even defeat would be enough for the Ukrainian side to progress as long as Napoli do not beat Feyenoord.
- This is the second competitive encounter between Shakhtar Donetsk and Manchester City, following the English team’s 2-0 win at Etihad Stadium in September.
- None of Manchester City’s 41 Champions League group games has ended goalless.
- This is Manchester City’s seventh consecutive Champions League participation. They have made it past the round of 16 only once, in 2015-16 when they were knocked out at the semi-final stage by Real Madrid.
- Shakhtar have won their two home games in the Champions League so far this season.
- Manchester City have the opportunity to win all six of their Champions League group games, a feat accomplished only six times in the past, the most recent being Real Madrid in 2014-15.
- Raheem Sterling has scored four goals in five Champions League appearances this season, already his most prolific campaign to date.
- This will be Pep Guardiola’s 100th Champions League game as manager, becoming the sixth to reach that landmark after Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Carlo Ancelotti, Jose Mourinho and Mircea Lucescu. He has won 61, drawn 23 and lost 15 of his previous 99 games and lifted the trophy with Barcelona in 2009 and 2011.
Source: BBC SPORTS