Manchester City midfielder David Silva appears to have escaped serious injury after a nasty looking collision during today’s match with West Ham.
The Spanish midfield schemer was left floored by the flailing arm of Hammers favourite Cheikhou Kouyaté in the 66th minute and required over eight minutes of treatment. Silva was stretchered off and needed an oxygen mask before going for X-rays. He later tweeted that he had already been given the all clear to return home.
“Many thanks to all the messages of support, all the tests have gone well and I’m already home. The 3 points is what was important!” Silva told his 3.3million followers.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini offered no complaints about the challenge, and said: “I always think that a player doesn’t want to damage another player. The referee was so near and he decided it was unintentional. Nothing more happens.”
The West Ham manager, Sam Allardyce, concurred adding: “It was accidental. It was innocuous. I didn’t think it was a foul. I just had a look now. Everybody thinks it is a more serious attack from Cheikhou than it was. It wasn’t deliberate at all.”
Of his own future and comments from Yaya Touré’s agent that emerged earlier on Sunday that he is a “weak” manager, Pellegrini snippily said: “No comment.”