David Silva out for two to three weeks with ankle injury

David Silva out for two to three weeks with ankle injury

Just a day after news that Sergio Agüero has been sidelined for at least a month, City’s midfield maestro is also now injured – as a result of a hefty tackle on international duty with Spain.

It goes from bad to worse for Manchester City supporters – just 24 hours after news broke about Sergio Agüero‘s injury, they’ve suffered another blow to another important player within the first-team.This time, it’s David Silva. The midfield maestro was forced off within fifteen minutes of the first-half during Spain‘s 4-0 win over Luxembourg, after a hefty sliding challenge by Lars Gerson from behind caught his legs in an awkward position.

Silva – just another injury for City to worry about

The experienced creative midfielder stayed down after the tackle itself, and it became soon apparent that he was unable to continue – despite initially attempting to hobble off and run the effects of the tackle off in due course. After receiving treatment on the sidelines, he came back into the fray, but a few minutes later, went down again, and the substitution was made shortly afterwards.

Injury too painful to carry on – out for two/three weeks

Manchester United‘s Juan Mata replaced him, and reports have recently suggested that Silva’s injury will rule him out of action for between two and three weeks. Unsurprisingly, this news has been met by plenty of frustration and disappointment from sky Blues‘ fans across the world.

The dynamic duo of Silva and Agüero in attack has been cruelly stripped away from them, just as the side were starting to grab momentum – having lost three of their last five competition fixtures in all competitions.

Spain’s boss, Vicente del Bosque, said the following in the aftermath of their convincing victory: “I do not know the extent of [Silva’s] injuries – our doctors will inform you [the public] when they know something. We know nothing for now.”

Afterwards though, developments were confirmed – that Silva had suffered a “bad sprain of the internal lateral ligament of the right ankle”, meaning he’d be out for at least a fortnight, according to Spanish media outlet AS.

Games that Silva will miss:

  • Bournemouth (h) – next Saturday
  • Champions League: Sevilla (h) – 21 October
  • Manchester Derby: United (a) – 25 October

Games that he could also miss, during his recovery:

  • League Cup: Palace (h) – 28 October
  • Norwich (h) – 31 October
  • Champions League: Sevilla (a) – 3 November

Why this is Walcott’s perfect opportunity to shine – for club and country

With another goal for England during their 2-0 home victory against minnows Estonia on Friday night, Theo Walcott has now scored seven goals in his last nine appearances for both club and country.

Wayne Rooney’s absence (ankle) from the final Euro 2016 qualifiers is a notable one, especially given the fact that the Manchester United man has been a mainstay within the Three Lions’ set-up since he burst onto the scene over a decade ago.

However, his injury is a blessing in disguise from an Arsenal perspective. After a slow start to proceedings this term, Walcott has used his goal-scoring form as a benchmark, as he hopes to assert his credentials in order to become Arsène Wenger’s preferred forward choice on a regular basis.

Olivier Giroud – who has received a lot of criticism lately – is the other option for the Frenchman to ponder, and with matches coming thick and fast, he’d hope to have both players fit to choose from.

For all of his strengths, Giroud’s most frustrating tendency includes the fact that if he doesn’t receive service, he’s largely ineffective during a game. Walcott’s completely different in that respect as he creates opportunities out of seemingly nothing. His pace is an asset but there’s still plenty more to his craft than that.

Walcott has flirted with the idea of becoming a recognised centre-forward over the past three years, but until recently, hasn’t had a sustained period in which to try out the role itself. Injuries have hurt his development within the first-team, but his displays in-front of goal for England have been eyecatching to say the least.

Against Estonia, Theo was a constant threat going forward. On the counter attack, he’s a fearsome threat, and his sharp bursts of acceleration were key to pulling Estonia’s backline out of position to create gaps in-and-around the area itself.

His attacking movement has continued to improve as he’s matured, meaning he’s less likely to find himself offside and knows when to time his run before the ball is played, giving him enough of an advantage to strike at goal.

His effort on the stroke of half-time was the epitome of this – waiting patiently as his teammates eased their way towards goal. Some quick passes saw Ross Barkley on the ball, and his inch-perfect spot found Theo’s run with style as the defenders were caught chasing shadows in his wake.

Although he only scored once, he could have had a hat-trick on another day. Naturally, it’s exciting to see Theo in his preferred role, where he’s enjoying his football and is proving his worth.

With the unconvincing form of Harry Kane and Rooney in-front of goal this term, this could be Walcott’s biggest chance to force himself into another dimension – as England’s frontman, as well as Arsenal’s.