Manchester City new boy Bernardo Silva picked up an ankle injury playing for Portugal against New Zealand on June 24th.
There was of course worry about the player, who Manchester City recently signed from AS Monaco, but in Portugal it was played down as a minor ankle sprain. Silva sat out full training, working with a physio instead, and was declared fit for the match against Chile.
That match was to signal Portugal’s Confederations Cup exit, with the South Americans going through on penalties, and it seems it wasn’t the only bad news. Silva’s ankle is causing problems again, and Record report he didn’t train on Friday.
The third place play-off is held on Sunday, and on Saturday Silva has returned to training.
It’s a difficult situation for Silva, a player Manchester City won’t want to upset but also one they’ll want to keep fit. It seems Chile probably came too early for him, but he played anyway, and now there’s a possibility he’ll be involved in the play-off.
Should he come out of that with more ankle pain then Manchester City will be concerned it could carry into preseason.
Maybe Portugal can sit him out of this one.