By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
David Silva and Vincent Kompany are set to miss Manchester City’s Champions League showdown against Juventus on Wednesday night.
The key duo did not take part in City’s training session on Tuesday morning, which was open to the media, and are unlikely to travel with the squad that flies to Turin on Tuesday afternoon.
The continued absence of Silva and Kompany is a major blow to Manuel Pellegrini as the Premier League club chase top spot in Group D of the Champions League.
Both players were sidelined for the 4-1 mauling at the hands of Liverpool on Saturday and have been sorely missed when they have not played this season.
Kompany didn’t play for Belgium during the international break after feeling a slight twinge in City’s goal-less draw with Aston Villa earlier this month.
Silva has missed close to two months with an ankle problem and has played only seven times for Pellegrini’s team this season.
Hopes were high of an imminent return after he trained with the squad last week, but Pellegrini’s assessment ahead of the Liverpool match was that it would be “a risk” to play him.
Meanwhile, Nicolas Otamendi and Fernandinho are set to return to the City team after starting on the bench against Liverpool, while long-term absentees Pablo Zabaleta and Gael Clichy stepped up their recoveries by taking part in light training.
City have already qualified for the Champions League knockout stages but want to claim top spot in the group after paying the price in recent season for finishing in second place.
Victory against Juventus will secure them 12 points four more than the Serie A champions, and guarantee progress into the Round of 16 as group winners.