Manchester City will assess in the next few days whether playmaker David Silva has a chance of playing at the weekend.
Tests have confirmed the Spain international suffered no fractures after being caught in the face by an elbow from Cheikhou Kouyate in Sunday’s Barclays Premier League defeat of West Ham.
But the club say the player will still need careful monitoring this week as they wait to learn the full extent of the problem. Silva was carried off on a stretcher after receiving around eight minutes of treatment on the field following the incident, which occurred in the second half of City’s 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium. He was then taken to hospital but the club allayed fears over his condition on Monday by confirming nothing had been broken.