Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph will miss up to six weeks after suffering a hamstring injury in England’s game against Switzerland.
Delph, 25, was taken off after just two minutes against Switzerland on Tuesday after suffering the injury and it was confirmed by City manager Manuel Pellegrini that Delph will miss around six weeks.
“Fabian worked with us before he went to his national squad – he worked without problems and he played some minutes with our team,” Pellegrini told The Guardian. “It’s very unlucky to have that injury but it happens. I don’t know how long Fabian will be out – we’ll see. I think at this moment it will be a month and a half.”
Delph joined City in the summer from Aston Villa. City will also be without Spanish creative midfielder David Silva in the game against Crystal Palace on Saturday at Selhurst Park.
“Silva is out for tomorrow as I think it would be a risk for him to take another knock. I hope he will be OK for Juventus [in the Champions League on Tuesday],” Pellegrini said.
City made a huge deal for Kevin De Bruyne before the closing of the transfer window, and the 24-year-old Belgian attacking midfielder could make his first start for his new club on Saturday.
“His position is easy to settle in our team. He will be a very important player for us. He’s in the squad list, we’ll see tomorrow whether he starts,” Pellegrini said.
With Silva being out with an injury, chances are that De Bruyne will take his place in the starting lineup.