‘Huge competitor’ David Silva can still put family first, says Pep Guardiola

• Manchester City man has been in Spain with prematurely born son
• Midfielder has trained alone in Valencia but may play at Stoke City

Manchester City’s David Silva is still being allowed compassionate leave to spend time with his wife in Spain, where the couple’s prematurely born son is still receiving medical attention.

Silva was permitted to return home while City wrapped up the home leg of their round of 16 Champions League tie against Basel last week but is back in the UK and ready to play at Stoke on Monday evening. Following the game they have a fortnight off, part of which they will spend warm-weather training in Abu Dhabi, although Silva will be granted more time in Spain.

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