Roberto Mancini to make late decision on fitness of David Silva

Mancini to make late decision on Silva
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Roberto Mancini reveals that he will give David Silva a late fitness test ahead of their FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has given supporters a glimmer of hope that playmaker David Silva could "play some part" in this Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea.

Reports emerged this morning claiming that the Spain international has not responded well to treatment on a hamstring injury, which he picked up during City's 2-1 victory over Manchester United on Monday.

"We will decide on Sunday morning on David," Mancini told the club's official website. "We don't know if it's possible for him to play or whether it might be a risk if he does.

"He has a chance, but I don't think he can recover fully. He may be able to play some part, but we will make a final decision as late as possible."

City will face either Millwall or Wigan Athletic in the final if they defeat Chelsea.

An upset David Silva holds his hand to his face after the final whistle on November 21, 2012
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