Mancini: Silva is suffering from fatigue

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has admitted that star midfielder David Silva has been below par and hopes that the Spaniard can return to his best soon.

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Silva's blistering start to the season had critics hailing his contribution and put his name up as a potential player of the year candidate.

However, the former Valencia playmaker faded since the turn of the year and struggled to make an impact for City, which coincided with a downturn in terms of goals scored for his side.

Mancini conceded that Silva has been over-utilised by both club and country and is currently playing below standards due to fatigue and it's only normal to expect a drop in standards due to fatigue.

"I don't know how many games David [Silva] has played for us in the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, Carling Cup, FA Cup plus internationals," he was quoted as saying by The Mirror.

"But it's normal that a player can arrive at a moment when he can't play 100 per cent.

"David always plays here [indicates high level with hand] and now maybe he is here [drops hand lower to chest].

"This is normal, but I hope he can recover."

Silva has been substituted in the last five matches, a sign that his fitness level is not at its peak.

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