Silva and Balotelli may miss season openers

Silva and Balotelli may miss openers
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Manchester City stars Mario Balotelli and David Silva may not be ready in time for the new season.

David Platt admits that David Silva and Mario Balotelli may not be match-fit for the start of the 2012-13 Premier League season.

Man City coach Platt said that the pair have only just returned to pre-season traning following their busy Euro 2012 schedules.

Neither player has been involved in City's pre-season friendlies and they are expected to be given extra time to build up their fitness.

"They are behind the other lads due to a short pre-season," said Platt.

"We don't know if they will be ready to start games."

Man City will face Chelsea in the Community Shield final on Sunday.

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