Spanish international David Silva will be out for an indefinite period due to ‘personal problems’, Manchester City have confirmed.
The former Valencia midfielder has not featured for City since the 4-0 win over Bournemouth before Christmas, and it has now been confirmed that he will miss further action by coach Pep Guardiola.
“I don’t know,” the former Barca coach told Manchester Evening News.
“When he is ready, he will come back. But his personal life is always more important than any other situation.
“So, when he comes back it’s because he’s ready, welcome. That is what we have to do.”
Silva has been an instrumental part of City’s unbeaten start of the season, which has helped them move to 12 points clear of second placed Manchester United ion the Premier League standings.
City, who are flying in both the Premier League and in the Champions League, face Watford on Tuesday evening looking to extend their lead.
Having joined City from Valencia in 2010, Silva has played over 300 games for the English side and scored 56 goals.
Spanish national boss Julen Lopetegui will be hoping Silva bounces back to action, ahead of the summer’s World Cup in Russia, for which the midfielder played an important part in qualification.
On the national side, Lopetegui has told former Chelsea frontman Diego Costa that he must impress having now been registered as an Atletico Madrid player.
The Brazilian born Spaniard left Stamford Bridge last summer but has been unable to play due to Atleti’s transfer ban.