LONDON • David Silva has flown to Spain seeking treatment from the national team's medical department for his injured ankle, with Manchester City hopeful he could return for three potentially season-defining fixtures this month.
He suffered the problem in Saturday's 1-3 defeat by Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium, the 30-year-old being forced off on 77 minutes.
This was the Spaniard's ninth separate ankle injury since he joined City in June 2010 and the forward had been playing in pain for some time, manager Manuel Pellegrini said afterwards.
Although Silva is considered a serious doubt for Sunday's visit of Tottenham Hotspur, Pellegrini is more optimistic about him returning for the League Cup final against Liverpool on Feb 28.
Before that, City have two important matches. They play Chelsea in an FA Cup fifth-round tie on Feb 21 and are at Dynamo Kiev for the Champions League last-16 first leg on Feb 24.
Silva flew to his homeland on Sunday and it is understood that he is seeing a trusted specialist from the Spain national team's medical department in an attempt to find the best cure.
The playmaker has missed around six weeks of the season because of his previous ankle injury.