Does Silva all-clear set up a Manchester City finale?

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Fans feared that David Silva had fractured a cheekbone in the 2-0 win over West Ham on Sunday, but he received the all-clear on Monday morning.

The Spanish midfielder suffered the injury in a clash with West Ham's Cheikhou Kouyate in Sunday's Barclays Premier League encounter, and left the field on a stretcher appearing to be taking oxygen.

Many fans watching thought it could be the last they ever saw of the mercurial Silva in a Manchester City shirt, with rumours persisting of a move to Barcelona and City about to embark on a large-scale restructuring of the first team squad.

Of course Silva - bought from Valencia for £26 million in 2010 - is one of City's prize assets, but another disappointing title defence and a toothless Champions League campaign may inspire the 29-year-old to look elsewhere. Despite his popularity at the Etihad Stadium, Silva may be one of the established stars that the City board will listen to offers for in the summer, alongside the likes of Yaya Toure and Edin Dzeko.

When Silva left the field on a stretcher on Sunday, many fans could have been forgiven for waving goodbye to him on a permanent basis, but thankfully, reports on Monday confirmed that the injury was not a suspected fracture, and indeed Silva could play a part in Saturday's Etihad encounter with FA Cup semi-finalists Aston Villa.

BBC Sport confirmed that Silva had not fractured his cheekbone, and the player himself was suitably upbeat on Monday morning when he tweeted that he was already home from the hospital tests.

Silva has previously denied the Barcelona rumours, as reported by the Express, while also confirming he would consider a return to previous club Valencia one day.

Silva spoke about his desire to undergo a more challenging Champions League campaign with City, but fans are aware that the picture could change very quickly, with the City hierarchy sure to make sweeping changes after a largely disappointing season.  

Now City fans will be thankful of being able to watch Silva in a City shirt again, and if the rumoured move to Barcelona does come off, at least they will be able to say goodbye properly with home games against QPR and a final day encounter with Southampton on May 24th, still to come.

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