Manchester City star, David Silva has revealed the premature birth of his son Mateo is behind his recent absence from the Manchester City squad.
Silva, who captained the side during the 3-1 win over Watford on Wednesday evening, had been given permission to miss the clashes with Newcastle and Crystal Palace to spend time with his partner Yessica Suarez Gonzalez.
Manager Pep Guardiola had alluded to family problems when he revealed the midfielder had been given time off over the festive period, and the Spain international confirmed the reason behind his sporadic trips home on Wednesday.Silva said in an Instagram post:
‘I want to thank all of you for the love and good wishes received in the last few weeks, special thanks to my team mates, the manager and all at the club for understanding my situation.
‘Also I want to share with you the birth of my son Mateo, who was born extremely preterm and is fighting day by day with the help of the medical team.’
Silva shone on his return to action against Watford on Tuesday night, pulling the strings in the middle of the park for Guardiola’s side.
However, the City boss admits it is now likely Silva will return to Spain to see Yessica and Mateo, something that the former Bayern boss understands wholeheartedly.
‘Family is most important,’ said Guardiola. ‘You can see how essential David is to us but I don’t know how long he will be here.
‘He is free to go [home] again if he needs to. It doesn’t matter if we get no points while he is away. Family is most important.’