Pep Guardiola is ready to hand David Silva an extended rest, with Kevin De Bruyne now ready to return after the international break.
The Manchester City boss has been forced to lean heavily on the 32-year-old Spanish midfielder during De Bruyne’s two month absence with a knee injury.
Sunday’s 0-0 draw against Liverpool at Anfield came just a little too soon for the Belgium playmaker, who returned to full training late last week.
City’s next game is at home to Burnley in the Premier League on October 20, with sources at the Etihad revealing Guardiola is especially keen to protect Silva, who last month also announced his retirement from international football.
Things have settled down for the World Cup winner on the family front after his son Mateo was born severely premature at the start of this year.
City insiders state Silva is feeling the effects after also playing at the World Cup in the summer and needs a decent break, ahead of a gruelling run of five games in a fortnight at the start of next month.
De Bruyne will ramp up his fitness levels over the next ten days and City’s medical staff are confident he can quickly get himself up to speed and afford Silva a much-needed breather.