Apr 23, 2016 at 12.45pm UK at ​Etihad Stadium
Attendance: 53,974
Man CityManchester City
4-0
StokeStoke City
Fernando (35'), Aguero (43' pen.), Iheanacho (64', 74')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Team News: David Silva returns to Manchester City's first XI for Stoke City match

Team News: Silva returns to City's starting lineup
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David Silva starts for Manchester City against Stoke City after missing the last two games with an ankle injury.

David Silva has been handed a starting spot for Manchester City against Stoke City at the Etihad Stadium this afternoon after missing the last two games with an ankle injury.

The Spaniard's return is one of three changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Newcastle United on Tuesday.

Nicolas Otamendi has returned to the back four, replacing captain Vincent Kompany, who is not in today's squad, while Kelechi Iheanacho has been given the nod to start up front alongside Sergio Aguero.

Kevin De Bruyne and Fabian Delph are the players to miss out as manager Manuel Pellegrini has opted to name them among the substitutes instead.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes has also made three changes to his side who were beaten 4-0 by Tottenham Hotspur on Monday.

Mame Biram Diouf, Phil Bardsley and Joselu come into the first XI, while Xherdan Shaqiri and Ibrahim Afellay drop out with injuries and Bojan starts on the bench.

Afellay is likely to face a significant spell on the sidelines after suffering a "serious" knee injury in training.

Manchester City: Hart; Zabaleta, Mangala, Otamendi, Kolarov; Navas, Toure, Fernando, Silva; Iheanacho, Aguero
Subs: Caballero, Demichelis, Clichy, De Bruyne, Delph, Bony, Sterling

Stoke City: Given; Muniesa, Wollscheid, Shawcross, Bardsley; Whelan, Cameron; Arnautovic, Imbula, Diouf; Joselu
Subs: Haugaard, Adam, Teixeira, Crouch, Bojan, Choulay, Shenton

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