Silva to return for Manchester City against Bayern, but will he get into the team?

The Spanish playmaker is set to be available for the Champions League clash with the European giants, but is not guaranteed a starting place.

Manchester City have received a positive piece of news from the treatment table, as influential playmaker David Silva is set to return to the first team reckoning in the next week.

The former Valencia star picked up a groin strain while on international duty with Spain, and has not featured for the Etihad Stadium outfit for a month.

However, despite the weekend Premier League clash against Aston Villa potentially coming to soon for the attacking midfielder, Manuel Pellegrini has stated that Silva could be ready to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League next Wednesday.

"We will see the next day what happens with David," the Chilean coach stated.

"The doctor can say better than me what will happen. I don't think he can play on Saturday but maybe for the next game of the Champions League, I think he could be fit."

The mercurial playmaker has established himself as an influential player at the Etihad Stadium and one of the best in his position in England. A critical member of City’s 2011-12 Premier League title success, Silva suffered from debilitating injuries last term, and as such did not have as much time or influence on the pitch. City suffered as a result.

However, after his side’s comprehensive performance in a 4-1 win over rivals Manchester United on Sunday, Pellegrini has a selection dilemma on his hands. Despite Silva’s obvious ability, creativity and importance to the club, there is no guarantee that he will be slotted straight back into the side to face Bayern.

In his 4-2-3-1 system, Pellegrini has used Yaya Toure and Fernandinho as driving forces in the centre of the park, with the pair able to orchestrate possession but also look to win it back when the opposition has the ball.

Sergio Aguero is seemingly preferred in the number ten role, despite the ability to act as the solitary forward, while Jesus Navas and Samir Nasri are on form on the wings. With Edin Dzeko, Alvaro Negredo and Steven Jovetic all vying it out for a place as the team’s lone striker, competition for places is fierce.

If Silva is reintroduced it is likely that Aguero will be pushed up to become the furthest man forward, with Silva assuming his position between the opposition’s midfield and defence.

All-in-all, City’s star-studded squad is made all the more impressive with Silva’s return. Pellegrini has top-quality, international options across the park but the Spaniard brings something unique with his flair and creativity. His reintroduction will mean that the Etihad Stadium outfit certainly have the tools to beat Bayern on home soil.

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