Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says he has to carefully manage the fitness of playmaker David Silva due to a series of injury problems (Man City 6/5 – Premier League outright).

The Citizens had to cope without the Spanish playmaker for a month earlier on in the season due to an ankle injury.

Silva has only managed 90 minutes three times since his comeback in November, with Pellegrini revealing he is reluctant to use him in back-to-back fixtures.

The Chilean has now confirmed that the former Valencia midfielder has been dealing with a muscle injury for much of this month, prompting the City chief to rest him for the FA Cup third round tie at Norwich.

Pellegrini said: “David has had different injuries during the season, that’s why I didn’t want him to play two games that were very near (together).

“It was not only the ankle. He started with that and one or two weeks before the game against Everton he had a muscle injury that disturbed him a lot.

“But now he is feeling better so I hope he will finish the season in his best performance.

“Every day he is improving. Maybe he’s not 100 per cent but I hope that he will return soon to be absolutely fit.”

Pellegrini will more than likely start Silva in Wednesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Everton as City look to overturn a 2-1 deficit from the first encounter (City 8/15, draw 7/2, Everton 11/2 – match betting).

Should Silva, who is likely to be a key component in Spain’s Euro 2016 side, start against the Toffees then he could well miss out on selection for this Saturday’s FA Cup fourth round trip to Aston Villa.

Silva has been a key component to in City’s rise to prominence since joining from Valencia in 2010 and his influence on the side shows no signs of coming to an end just yet, the Spaniard contributing eight assists in the league this season.

Spain are 11/2 to land a third successive European crown at Euro 2016 and host nation France are 3/1 to win the tournament outright.